Guardian ad Litem

Guardian Ad Litem

Representing the best interest of children in divorce

During the divorce process, the court may appoint, or parents may request the assistance of a Guardian ad Litem for the children of the marriage. This responsibility is one we take seriously as we are tasked with identifying and recommending what is in the best interest of the children.

While a Guardian ad Litem does not serve as an attorney for the child, or children, they do serve as their advocate. Typically, both parents are interviewed, there may be a review of medical and school records and the child will be interviewed. After evaluation, the Guardian ad Litem then makes a recommendation to the court as to what in her opinion is in the best interests of the child.

It is important to understand when a Guardian ad Litem may be appointed by the court. Usually, if the divorce is particularly contentious, and the parents cannot agree on parental responsibility or time-sharing matters, or when there have been accusations of abuse or neglect, a Guardian ad Litem may be appointed by the Florida courts.

If you are going through a difficult divorce, you also have the option of requesting a Guardian ad Litem to protect the best interests of your child. Attorney Hilary Creary has years of experience advocating for children and representing their best interests. Contact Hilary Creary, P.A. if you wish to discuss having a Guardian ad Litem appointed.