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Section Newsletter Articles on Guardian Ad Litem

Guardian Ad Litem or Child Representative? Why lawyers and judges need to be more deliberate about designating role of attorneys representing children By Matthew A. Kirsh Family Law, October 2013 Attention to the designation of child representative or guardian ad litem can make a big difference in the quality of representation you are able to provide in a case.
The Second District gives lessons for the guardian ad litem By Lisa M. Nyuli Family Law, August 2012   The Second District Appellate Court recently issued its opinion in In re the Marriage of Petrik, and in so doing, provided several good rules and reminders for attorneys acting as Guardian ad Litem.  
10 best tips from a GAL perspective By Lisa M. Nyuli Family Law, May 2012 A list of tips of interest to GALs and attorneys representing the parties in custody, visitation and removal disputes.
The role of the Guardian ad Litem in litigation: Clearly unclear By Henry D. Kass J.D. Child Law, December 2008 In a recent edition of the Family Law Bulletin, Thomas Else wrote about the role of the Guardian ad Litem in domestic relations litigation and argued that the role is quite defined.
The role of a Guardian Ad Litem in litigation: Not just a witness By Thomas A. Else J.D. and Sean McCumber J.D. Family Law, September 2008 The role a Guardian Ad Litem in custody litigation is sometimes confused as to whether the Guardian (GAL) may be allowed to both testify as a witness and to advocate on behalf of the children as an attorney participating in the litigation.
The role of the GAL in family law cases By Susan M. Brazas Child Law, May 2008 In recent years, many circuit courts have made increasing numbers of appointments of Guardians Ad Litem in custody and visitation matters.
The role of the GAL in family law cases By Susan M. Brazas General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, May 2008 In recent years, many circuit courts have made increasing numbers of appointments of Guardians Ad Litem in custody and visitation matters.
Highlights of the Probate Guardian ad Litem Training Seminar Presented by the ISBA Bench and Bar Section By Enid Kempe Olsen Elder Law, February 2008 On November 2, 2007 the ISBA Bench and Bar Section presented a Probate Guardian ad Litem Training Seminar at the ISBA Regional Office.
Creating a collaborative atmosphere: Child Representatives, guardians-ad-litem, and attorneys for children By Ralla Klepak Child Law, December 2006 Children require and are entitled to quality representation by lawyers who are diligent, competent, insightful, and vigorous in their respective roles as advocates for the voiceless.
Illinois State Bar Association Task Force on Attorneys for Minor Children By Robert K. Downs and John T. Phillips Family Law, June 1999 In the past 10 years the general public and the legal community have become much more sensitive to the issue of children's involvement in the legal system in the areas of divorce, custody, visitation, support and paternity.