Guardian ad Litem
What is a guardian ad litem?
A Guardian ad Litem is an attorney, licensed to practice law in Wisconsin. The Guardian ad Litem’s role is to represent the best interests of the children as determined by the Guardian ad Litem through an investigation.
A Guardian ad Litem is frequently referred to as a Guardian ad Litem.
What is the Guardian ad Litem’s role?
The Guardian ad Litem will investigate the facts, participate in negotiations, and take a position in court on legal child custody and placement. The Guardian ad Litem is also involved in the financial issues of a case when those issues affect the children, such as child support and child expenses. The Guardian ad Litem does not have any of the rights or duties of a parent or general guardian. Although the Guardian ad Litem may be incorrectly referred to as the children’s attorney, the Guardian ad Litem’s role is to advocate for the best interests of the children. This may not be the same as advocating for what the children want.
Who pays for the Guardian ad Litem?
The judge decides who pays for the Guardian ad Litem’s services. The requirements vary from county to county. Generally, each parent is responsible for one-half of the Guardian ad Litem’s total costs, including the Guardian ad Litem’s legal fees and investigation costs, such as tests and experts. The court also may require the parents to pay an initial deposit and periodic payments to the Guardian ad Litem during the case. If the judge decides that both parents are unable to pay for the Guardian ad Litem’s services immediately, the judge may have the county pay the Guardian ad Litem bill. However, the parents still are responsible for the Guardian ad Litem fees and the county may require the parents to reimburse the county.
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