Child abuse, neglect, abandonment, or custody disputes are just a few examples of the situations that can place a child at the heart of a legal case in Indiana. To support young people confronted by these challenges, the state authorizes courts to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem to represent a child in court. These officers of the court are also referred to as Court Appointed Special Advocates. An Indiana lawyer may volunteer to serve in a GAL position, but the volunteers are not necessarily lawyers. Most GALs are paid attorneys. Parents sometimes ask courts to appoint them for the sake of their children. This move could be appropriate when the observations and advocacy of an outside party are needed to provide the court with accurate information before making a ruling.
You may discuss your family law concerns with a Carmel Indiana lawyer at Webster & Garino. Whether you want a Guardian Ad Litem assigned to your child or a court has appointed one to your case, we can guide you through your legal options during a critical period for your family. Schedule an appointment by calling (317) 565-1818 or contact us here.