When there are contested family issues that involve a child, it is important that the court understands what is in the child's best interest and what his or her wishes are.
Depending on the child's age and the issues involved, the court may appoint an attorney for the child or a guardian ad litem. In many situations, the court will appoint both for the minor to protect his or her welfare.
Attorney for Minors
A court may appoint an attorney for minors in situations where child is older and understands the family issues surrounding them. Parents are often too engrossed in the frustrations, anxiety, and disputes to listen to the child’s wishes.
An attorney for the minor offers a voice for the child, enabling the parents and the court to understand what the child wants and needs.
Guardian for Minor/Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
A guardian ad litem is appointed in situations in which the child involved is young, has difficulty communicating, or may be vulnerable to being swayed by parents. In order to avoid these situations, the GAL assesses the situation to uncover what the best interest of the child truly is.
The GAL may perform home visits, speak with psychologists, talk with schools or pediatricians, or perform other investigations. The GAL will bring evidence to court and may testify regarding the best interest of the child.
Reputable Guardians and Attorneys for Minors
Because children are so rarely allowed in the courtroom, the attorney for the minor or guardian ad litem is often the only voice of reason in court and the only one speaking for either the child's wishes or the child's best interests. Our experienced family lawyers are valued by the Connecticut legal community and have served as such individuals in many cases.
If you need help with any of the above legal matters, call Gans & Gans at 203-916-1943