Guardian ad Litem
A Guardian ad Litem (“GAL”) is a neutral third-party appointed by the Judge presiding over your case who appoints the GAL pursuant to Rule 24.9 of the Uniform Superior Court Rules, which govern the method and manner of the Superior Courts of the State of Georgia. The GAL is tasked with aiding the Court in its determination of the proper custodial arrangement that promotes the best interests of the minor child or children involved in the action. The GAL is an officer of the Court and is to act within the scope of what is in the best interests of the minor child or children. With the exception of certain jurisdictions, GALs charge fees for their services at an hourly rate, which may often require payment of a retainer directly to the GAL and which are typically equally divided between divided. However, the Court may retain authority to reapportion the GAL’s fees where good cause is shown, such as a parent who refuses to participate with the GAL’s investigation.