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The Resources Your Child Needs To Be Well

In contentious custody cases or in situations where there has been a history of abuse, neglect or addiction, a neutral third party may be called in to assess the situation and offer feedback and recommendations to the court.

Several of the attorneys at Conlon, McGlynn & McCann, LLC, are experienced guardians ad litem. We can help you understand what is happening, your options and the likely next steps.

Understanding The Terms

In Connecticut family law and custody cases, several terms are frequently used. Here are some that may be useful to know:

GAL: This is the acronym for guardian ad litem. A guardian ad litem in child custody cases is usually an attorney who is appointed by the court to assess the welfare of a child and then make recommendations to the court as to what is in the child’s best interest. The GAL will review files, interview the child and others, speak with medical professionals and participate in court hearings. The GAL only represents what is best for the child, not the parents.

AMC: This is an acronym for attorney for a minor child. This is the attorney who is appointed to represent a child’s legal interests or rights. This person may also be referred to as the counsel for the minor child. This person speaks to the court on matters related to the child’s custody and care, education, and parenting time and support. As an attorney, the AMC does not testify but can file motions and call witnesses.

Committed To Your Child’s Well-Being

Speak with an experienced family law attorney about your custody issue and whether or not your case warrants a guardian ad litem. Call 203-222-8686 or send the firm an inquiry email so that we can get in touch with you at your convenience. Located in Westport, we serve clients throughout the entire Fairfield County area.