Guardian Ad Litem FAQs
What is GAL?
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.
How do I get a GAL in my case?
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.
How Do I pay my GAL fee?
We will email you an invoice to pay your GAL fee. Please click here to request an invoice. If you’d like to pay by check or cash, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll assist you.
REQUIRED Parent Questionnaire
After the Order to Appoint is entered, each party must fill out the required questionnaire. Call 912-354-6057 for more information.
The Questionnaire will be given to your GAL. The Questionnaire should be completed before you meet with the Guardian so the Guardian is familiar with the facts at your first meeting.
Thank you Savannah Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Savannah Bar Association Young Lawyers Division President Philip Thompson, 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.