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Aurora Certified Guardian Ad Litem

As a Certified Guardian ad Litem (GAL), I am appointed by the court to protect the rights and the best interests of a child involved in a custody or visitation dispute. My duties as the GAL is to investigate the family situation by meeting with all the relevant family members. Once I have completed my investigation, I will usually submit a report to the court stating what I believe is in the best interest of the child. The report will usually include a recommendation to the Court to help resolve the contested issue. Such recommendations are made to the court with the needs and best interests of the child as my top priority. In other words, my duty as GAL is to be provide a recommendation by serving as the "Eyes and Ears" of the Court.

Understanding the Duties of the Guardian Ad Litem:

The Guardian ad Litem carries out the following activities:

  • Investigation: Carries out an objective, systematic examination of the situation, including relevant history, environment, relationships, and needs of the child. The GAL interviews family, friends, neighbors and members of the child's school.
  • Facilitation: Identifies resources and services for the child and facilitates a collaborative relationship between all parties involved in the case, helping to create a situation in which the child's needs are met.
  • Advocacy: Conveys the best interests of the child to the court and relevant agencies.
  • Monitoring: Keeps track of whether the orders of the court, as well as the plans of the Department of Children and Families, are carried out.

Pursuant to 750 ILCS 5/602, the following factors shall be considered in determining what is the best interest of the child:

  1. the wishes of the child's parent or parents as to his custody;
  2. the wishes of the child as to his custodian;
  3. the interaction and interrelationship of the child with his parent or parents, his siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interest;
  4. the child's adjustment to his home, school and community;
  5. the mental and physical health of all individuals involved;
  6. the physical violence or threat of physical violence by the child's potential custodian, whether directed against the child or directed against another person;
  7. the occurrence of ongoing or repeated abuse as defined in Section 103 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986, whether directed against the child or directed against another person;
  8. the willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child;
  9. whether one of the parents is a sex offender; and
  10. the terms of a parent's military family-care plan that a parent must complete before deployment if a parent is a member of the United States Armed Forces who is being deployed.

Contact a Certified Guardian Ad Litem

If you are engaged in a child custody or visitation dispute and all alternative methods of conflict resolution has failed, it may make sense to ask the court to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem. As a GAL, I will always put the child's best interest as my first priority when making any recommendations to the Court. If you have any questions or concerns relating to your child custody or visitation issue, please feel free to contact my office for a free consulation.

Contact an Aurora Guardian Ad Litem for appointment in any

Child Custody or Child Visitation matter today!

630-901-8700

The Law Offices of David Lee is available in Kane, Kendall, Dupage and Dekalb Counties

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