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Guardian Ad Litem Laws in New Hampshire

The family court system in New Hampshire works diligently to ensure the best interests of children are upheld. Part of ensuring the best interest of a child as understood by the courts may include the use of a guardian ad litem. A guardian ad litem essentially represents the child and prepares a report for the court. The Law Office of Joseph M. Annutto can provide guardian ad litem services for your family law case.

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

A guardian ad litem, or GAL, is a specially trained individual approved by the State of New Hampshire to represent the interests of a minor child. A guardian ad litem may be appointed during divorce case or parenting cases where there are unresolved issues such as residential responsibility, decision making responsibility, parenting time, or relocation of a child.

A GAL will investigate the concerns of the parents and the Court.  A GAL’s investigation will often include interviews with the parents, family members, significant others, teachers, clergy, and doctors.  The GAL will also spend time with the child as well. Any counselors may be interviewed along with any other person who has a close relationship with the child and parents, such as a babysitter. School records and counseling records may also be reviewed. The GAL then takes this information and writes a report outlining what she or he believes to be in the best interest of the child. If a trial is held, a GAL will often testify.

Duties of a Guardian Litem

The job of a GAL is a very serious part of the family law system in New Hampshire. Our firm understands the importance of this role and how life-altering the outcome of any family case may be for those involved. Our attorneys are experienced working with GALs and can help you determine if a GAL is appropriate in your case.

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