Guardian Ad Litem Administration
A judge may appoint a guardian ad litem to take temporary guardianship responsibilities over a child. These special appointees generally come from a select pool of volunteers that are specially trained in caring for minors in these situations. In Indiana, there are currently about 2,000 court appointed special advisor volunteers. Their jobs consist of protecting the rights of the minor in their care and representing them in the courtroom or to social services. In cases of abuse or emotional turmoil, the guardian ad litem’s goal is to find a good home in which their ward will no longer be abused. Often volunteers best do their jobs by investigating and monitoring the legal situation the minor is involved in, reporting to the judge important information that may be pertinent to the case.
Situations Requiring a Guardian Ad Litem
There are several legal situations during which a guardian ad litem may be appointed. The most common cases that involve children and minors include any of the following:
- A child is a juvenile delinquent
- A child is abused or neglected
- A child is involved in a custody battle
- During an adoption or paternity case
While the majority of guardian ad litem cases are those involving minors, these may also be court appointed to mentally handicapped individuals or those than cannot make important legal decisions themselves.
Contact a Guardianship Attorney in Chicago
If you or someone you know is in need of legal aid in filing litigation for guardianship administration, the experienced lawyers at Peck Ritchey, LLC want to help you. Learn more about your legal options by calling (855) 328-5787 today.