Roberts, P.C.

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104 E. Roosevelt Road, Suite 202, Wheaton, IL 60187

Wheaton Guardian Ad Litem Lawyer

Carol Stream guardian ad litem family law attorney

GAL Attorney Protecting Children's Rights and Interests in DuPage County Family Law Cases

When parents become involved in family law disputes, disagreements over issues such as how their children will be raised and who they will live with can become incredibly contentious. While divorcing parents are encouraged to work together to reach agreements regarding their children, there are cases in which they are unable to do so, requiring the court to make decisions about the allocation of parental responsibility and parenting time. In these cases, judges will want to be sure to protect children's best interests, and in order to do so, they may choose to appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL) to act as an attorney who represents the children.

Attorney Chuck Roberts has over 30 years of experience in family law, and he regularly serves as a court-appointed guardian ad litem and provides GAL training for other attorneys. This experience helps him provide clients with insight on how best to address issues related to children during divorce and how parents can protect their rights when working with a GAL.

Responsibilities of a Guardian Ad Litem

A guardian ad litem serves as the legal representative for children in family court cases. A GAL's attorney fees will usually be divided between the parents, but the GAL does not represent either parent. Instead, their sole role is to ensure that the children's best interests are protected in legal disputes between the parents.

After being appointed, a GAL will investigate the parents' and children's situation. This investigation may include conducting interviews with parents and children, visiting the parents' homes, or contacting the children's teachers, doctors, therapists, or family members. The GAL will specifically look at factors that affect decisions about parental responsibility and parenting time, including parents' history of making decisions and caring for their children, relationships between parents and children, and parents' ability to provide a safe, positive environment for their children. A GAL will also be sure to make note of any issues related to domestic violence or domestic abuse, or other actions taken by parents or their family members that may lead a judge to restrict a parent's parenting time or parental responsibility.

After completing the investigation, the guardian ad litem will provide a written report to the court, and they may also act as a witness during a family court trial. Since they are an impartial third party who has been trained in the legal issues that affect children's best interests, a judge is more likely to consider their recommendations, which is why it is very important for parents to cooperate with a GAL during an investigation.

Contact a Kane County Family Law Attorney

As an attorney who serves as a guardian ad litem, Chuck Roberts can provide parents with the guidance they need to ensure that their parental rights are protected during divorce or any other family court proceedings related to their children. He will work with you to help you reach a resolution that provides for your children's best interests. Contact a Glen Ellyn GAL lawyer at 630-668-4211 to set up a free consultation. We assist families in Naperville, Glendale Heights, Carol Stream, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, and Burr Ridge.

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