GUARDIAN AD LITEM (GAL)
Child custody can be very difficult for parents and guardians to come to an agreement on who will spend what amount of time with the child or children. In Probate and Family Court, parents can elect to have a GAL make recommendations to the court based on what is in the best interest of the child. Where parties cannot agree, the court may require a GAL's presence.
The GAL will learn about both parent's positions during an investigative phase then issue a report to the Judge. The GAL does not determine who gets custody but the judge may use the GAL's report as one source of information before the judge decides on custody.
Attorney Anop is a certified Category F guardian ad litem. She is also a Guardian ad Litem/Next Friend and Guardian to waive assert therapeutic privilege of minor children.