Children are impacted by a divorce just as much as their parents, but their situation is also unique due to their age. Minors cannot represent themselves in court and are often too young to understand their own best interests, which is the paramount factor in determining parental responsibility allocation. In a contested case or under other circumstances, a judge may decide to appoint an advocate for the child. Under Illinois law, the court has three options:
- Attorney for the Child;
- Child Representative; or
- Guardian ad Litem.
Each of these positions carries its own powers and capabilities, so it is important to understand the role of the guardian ad litem if one has been appointed for minor children in your divorce.
Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Defined