Guardian Ad Litem: Can they file a court pleading?

Although there has is some ambiguity in the Statutes related to the role of a Guardian Ad Litem, the courts have found that they do have the right and duty to file pleadings to protect the interest of the child. The Guardian Ad Litem is frequently described as the “eyes and ears” of the Court. Therefore, it is important for the GAL to bring something attention of the Court is the parents do not.

The document below analyzes the legal precedent, as established by the courts, that allows a Guardian Ad Litem to take legal action to protect the child.

Lindsay B. Coleman is a Guardian Ad Litem and will do what it takes to protect the interests of the child.
As the “eyes and ears” of the court, the Guardian Ad Litem has the right and responsibility to file pleadings to protect a child.