Guardian Ad Litem: Who? What? How?

Jan 26, 2018

Whether GuardianAdLitem1.pngyou are going through a custody battle or the divorce process, it can be overwhelming. Not only are you dealing with so much emotionally, you are also dealing with a lot of unfamiliar court proceedings. Hopefully, you will be able to come up with an agreement that works for everyone, but that is not possible in all circumstances. If you are unable to reach an agreement, even after mediation, then a Guardian ad Litem will be appointed to your case.

What is a Guardian Ad Litem

A guardian ad litem is an attorney that is appointed by the court to assist the judge in making custody and placement decisions.

Guardian Ad Litem's Role

The role of the guardian ad litem is to represent the best interest of the children. In determining the best interest of the children, the guardian ad litem may interview or observe the child, parents, teachers, and anyone who plays an important role in the children’s lives. The guardian ad litem then makes a recommendation to the court regarding custody and placement. The court holds the guardian ad litem’s recommendation in very high regard.

How to Prepare

Since the guardian ad litem’s recommendation plays such a large role in the court’s decision, it is very important to take it seriously and be prepared. Here are a few pointers for when you are talking to the guardian ad litem.

  • Speak about the facts, do not spend your time bad-mouthing your ex
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses as a parent
  • Know your child’s daily routine
  • Discuss family members that play an important role in the child’s life
  • Provide a list of people who can attest to your role as a parent

Every Guardian Ad Litem’s process is different, but the end goal is the same. They are looking out for the best interest of the children. Make sure what you are proposing is also what is best for the children, not just what is best for you.


Whether you are going through a divorce or custody situation, we understand that it is not easy. We are here to help you through the process. Pedersen Law Office, LLC offers free consults in all of our areas of practice and will meet with you personally to discuss your specific circumstances and let you know how we can help you. Our law office serves the communities of Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Oshkosh, Green Bay and their surrounding areas.

Category: Divorce

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