Child Custody and the GAL: What do they look at?

A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is a person the court appoints to represent the best interests of a child in a divorce or parental rights and responsibilities case. When they complete their investigation the look at many factors such as: • the wishes of the parents and the child • the relationship the parents have with each other • the needs of the child • the relationship of the child and the parent • the history and relationship of the child and each parent • the child’s school and community life • the parents mental and physical health • drug and alcohol abuse of the parents (if any)

These are just some factors a GAL would look at in terms of making a decision on a contact schedule that will best serve the minor child.