What Is A Guardian Ad Litem?

A guardian ad litem is a court-appointed advocate in family law matters. In some family law cases involving children, there is no one who is responsible for protecting the child in the proceedings. The guardian ad litem takes on the role of advocate for children in these cases to make sure the child's interests are protected.

Attorney Jennifer Payne of Payne & Associates, PLLC, in Winston-Salem, has served as guardian ad litem in many family law cases over the years for the courts in North Carolina, with most of these cases involving protecting children's interests in termination of parental rights cases.

What Does A Guardian Ad Litem Do?

As an advocate for the child in a termination of parental rights case, a guardian ad litem:

  • Investigates issues relevant to the child's rights
  • Researches family history
  • Studies all of the case files
  • Meets with all people close to the family who have knowledge relevant to the case
  • Prepares a thorough report as to whether the termination is in the child's best interest

A guardian ad litem does everything she would do as the child's own attorney.

What Does This Mean For You?

There is nothing more important than protecting your children during the divorce process. A lawyer who serves as a guardian ad litem brings knowledge, experience and trust of the court, all areas that are important to protecting your children through the divorce process.

From her service as a guardian ad litem, Jennifer Payne has gained working knowledge of child-related matters in family law proceedings, and our entire firm benefits from this knowledge, a tremendous benefit in litigation and in mediation.

When determining a strategic approach in your case, we have a good understanding of what to expect. This helps us provide valuable counsel for our clients on the front end and to choose our battles wisely.

For example, if you are considering a petition to terminate the other spouse's parental rights, we can look at the facts and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case. After the initial consultation, we will make sure we have all the information necessary to proceed with the termination.

This is just one example, but the value of working with a guardian ad litem in your case cannot be overstated when it comes to protecting your children.

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