Therefore, many counties allow the Guardian ad Litem discretion to tailor their investigation to the facts of the individual case. In certain domestic relations and juvenile court proceedings, a Guardian ad Litem is an attorney or Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) appointed by the court to represent the best interest of the minor child(ren) until discharged by the court. Do the parents have to request a Guardian ad Litem? A Court can appoint a Guardian ad Litem at the request of either parent, or upon the Court’s own motion. The feasibility of some of the duties will depend upon the age(s) of the children and the specific circumstances of each case.Note the following statutory language regarding child support modification: ....Modification and termination are effective on the first day of the month following notice of the petition for modification or termination unless the court, for good cause shown, orders the change to become effective at a different date but not earlier than the date of filing the petition for modification or termination...
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The Guardian ad Litem also has the right to conduct discovery and examine witnesses at trial. Is the Guardian ad Litem required to file a written report?
Usually they are, but they are not always required to do so before trial.
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