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Guardian Ad Litem / Attorney Ad Litem

If your judge has appointed a Guardian ad Litem to your family law case, it is important to have extensive knowledge of the Guardian ad Litem process. Our team of lawyers at The Stafford Firm is well versed in family law and can help you throughout your case.

What is a Guardian ad Litem?

Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is a Latin term that means “guardian for the lawsuit.” This individual is appointed by a judge in high-conflict cases to help the court make decisions based on the best interests of the child involved.

A GAL is typically either an attorney or someone certified by the state of Florida.

Do I Have to Pay for a Guardian ad Litem?

In Florida, the parents of the child are responsible for the GAL fees, even if appointed by a judge. The judge will set which portion each parent pays. For low-income families, a local court may help fund a Guardian ad Litem.

What Is the Guardian ad Litem Process?

A Guardian ad Litem carries out several roles when working in a family law case.

These include:

How Can You Work Better With the Guardian ad Litem?

If you have further questions or require representation for your Guardian ad Litem family law case, you’re in the right place! Give The Stafford Firm’s team of lawyers a call today. We will gladly speak with you or can set up a consultation in our office at no charge to you. Our main office phone number is (561) 540-4533 or toll-free at (866) 339-4693.


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