Divorce and other domestic matters, such as requests for parenting time and/or allocation of parental responsibilities for a child born to non-married couples, are emotionally charged and complex matters. As such, they are often difficult to navigate, even for those that wish to resolve matters amicably. Illinois family law courts understand this and have provisions in place to help families work through their domestic disputes. Learn more about guardians ad litem and other court-appointed mediators, including what they do and why you might need one, with help from the following information.
Guardians ad Litem
In family courts, guardians ad litem are appointed to protect the best interests of a child. They are often used when parents are unable to reach an agreement over the allocation of parental responsibilities and/or parenting time. They may also be used if there are concerns over neglect or abuse of the child. Much of what they do is investigation work - they examine the life of each parent, home, and support system. They often speak with the child and may even do surprise home inspections. They then present their information to the court so that the judge can make determination over the child’s placement.
Although the reasons a court-appointed mediator may be used are similar to those for which a guardian ad litem might be used, the function and role of the mediator is quite different. An impartial third-party that can be used in any domestic case, including those pertaining to financial matters in divorce, they use negotiating skills to help couples work out their disagreements. The end-goal is to reach a mutually beneficial solution that each party can live with - be it a child-related matter or financial one. It is worth noting that couples must agree upon their mediator or they will relinquish their right to choose.
Contact Our DuPage County Family Law Office
If you need a guardian ad litem or mediator to help you work through your divorce or child-related matter, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices can help. Backed by more than 200 years of combined experience, our DuPage County family law attorneys, guardians ad litem, and mediators have the skills, knowledge, and experience you need. We will work with your family to find a creative solution that can hopefully satisfy all parties. Schedule your free consultation to learn more. Call 630-932-9100 today.
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