As a parent, your child’s best interests are at the forefront of your mind, which is why if you are in a contested divorce and believe that your child’s best interests are at stake, you should consider speaking with a knowledgeable Chesapeake guardian ad litem. Contact Patzig Law to learn more about the purpose of a guardian ad litem.
Do I Need a Chesapeake Guardian Ad Litem Lawyer?
Guardian ad litem means “guardian for the case,” which means that when you request the court to appoint a Chesapeake guardian ad litem, you are asking that an attorney represent your child’s best interests through the duration of your case. As a parent, you are most likely looking out for your child’s best interests, so why would you need an attorney to do so?
The answer is complicated, though essentially, if you believe that your spouse is trying to sabotage the divorce proceedings in an effort to underhandedly win custody of your child, appointing a guardian ad litem could help ensure that your child’s best interests are protected at all times.
What Does a Guardian Ad Litem Do?
A guardian ad litem in Virginia has to abide by several rules, and they also will conduct several procedures in order to get the best possible understanding of your child’s best interests. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a guardian ad litem is required to:
- Meet face to face with the child and interview the child
- Ensure that the child understands who the guardian ad litem is, what their purpose is, what the child’s rights are, and that the guardian ad litem will always be working to preserve those rights
- Conduct an independent, unbiased investigation regarding the case at hand
- Potentially visit each parent’s home to see if the child has a safe and stable environment in each
- Potentially participate in pre-trial conferences, mediation, and negotiations
- Appear at every court proceeding, and ensure that the child appears at every court proceeding where necessary
- Prepare the child to testify if the court orders it
- Provide the court with all independent findings and opinions regarding the best interests of the child
- Communicate with all involved parties as much as possible while still remaining independent and unbiased
- File all petitions, motions, etc. on behalf of the child
- Ensure that the child understands the court’s decision and the impact it will have on his or her life
Contact a Chesapeake Guardian Ad Litem Lawyer
For any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced Chesapeake guardian ad litem who will work to ensure your child’s rights are protected. Contact Patzig Law today to learn more about how our legal team can help.