WHEN AND WHY WILL A COURT ORDER THE APPOINTMENT OF A GUARDIAN AD LITEM?

The Guardian Ad Litem is appointed either by the court’s own initiative, by motion filed by one parent, or by a stipulation of both parents.  In family cases, there do not have to be any allegations of child abuse or neglect, but there is usually conflict between the parents regarding time-sharing, and/or bad behavior by either or both parents.  The GAL can make recommendations to the parties and the court, but the GAL is not a decision-maker and can not dictate the terms of a Parenting Plan.