To confidentially discuss Guardian ad Litem services, please see the Contact page to reach Rachel by phone or email.
Because family court matters can be more adversarial by nature, it is paramount that
children be appointed their own advocate to help protect them throughout the
litigation process. Guardians ad litem provide invaluable information to assist in
guiding the court to an outcome that best allows children to thrive and excel.
Lay Guardians ad Litem are not statutorily required to be trained in law, however,
they are granted the same legal authority as licensed attorneys to represent children
during private family court matters to ensure their best interests are served.
Additionally, they afford income-restricted families the same ability to safeguard the
wellbeing of their children during such proceedings.
Rachel’s education and background working in family law litigation for nearly 20 years
provides her the insight and experience to understand and protect the needs of
children going through the litigation process by...
Speaking with and being available to the child as needed.
Investigating on behalf of the child by:
Interviewing individuals involved in the child’s life, including parents, extended
family members, caregivers, educators, DSS, law enforcement, counselors, and
medical professionals when appropriate.
Assessing the child’s environment.
Identifying stressors and positive influences in the child’s life.
Reviewing evidence relevant to the child’s wellbeing.
Understanding the different dynamics between the child and their parents,
siblings, and other adults in the child’s life.
Ensuring that facts are relayed in an unbiased manner to the court to help protect
the child’s best interests.
Providing recommendations to the court when requested.
*Guardians ad litem cannot guarantee any outcome in legal proceedings as those decisions are at the sole
discretion of the court.