A guardian ad litem, or GAL for short, is an independent, neutral party appointed by the court to look into issues regarding parents or the children.
The GAL may investigate issues of drug or alcohol abuse, mental illness, neglect, or simply what type of residential plan is in the best interest of the children. After conducting an investigation, the GAL will make a report to the court recommending a schedule that is in the children’s best interest. The GAL’s recommendation is not binding on the court, but is a factor the court will consider in making a decision.
Douglas N. Kiger, Attorney at Law
Blado Kiger Bolan, Tacoma, Wash.