A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is an officer of the court and assists the court and the parties in reaching a decision regarding child custody, visitation and child-related issues.  The GAL holds a position of trust with the minor child(ren) and will exercise due diligence while performing his/her duties.  The Family Law Resource Center offers training to become a GAL every other year.  The role, responsibilities and duties of a GAL are clearly set forth on the Order to Appoint.

The Judge can order a GAL to be appointed in a case or the parties/attorneys can request a GAL to be appointed.  Requesting a GAL is done by motion or in court and not done through this office.

Thank you Savannah Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

Savannah Bar Association Young Lawyers Division President Philip Thompason, associate with Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams LLP, and YLD President-elect Kate Lawson Smith, associate with HunterMaclean, presented a generous $5,000 donation to Family Law Resource Center Director Trish Murphy for our Guardian Ad Litem program Friday, December 8, 2017. 

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