Child Custody and Florida Statute: 61.403 Guardians ad litem; powers and authority

Chapter 61 of Florida Statues deals with dissolution of marriage, support, and time-sharing. Section 61.403 of the Florida Statutes deals primarily with Guardian Ad Litems (GAL). This section states: “A guardian ad litem shall have the powers, privileges, and responsibilities to the extent necessary to advance the best interest of the child...”

1. They can speak to anyone that affects the welfare of the minor child 2. They can get records needed to assist them with their duty 3. The may require expert examination if they feel it is needed 4. They may make oral and written recommendations of their findings

All of these items are subject to the parameters of the court and notice to all of the parties. Essentially, the GAL is the eyes and ears of the court.