guardian ad litem


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guardian ad li·tem

 (ăd lī′təm)
n.
A person appointed by the court during litigation to protect the interests of a party who is incompetent.

[Latin ad lītem, for the lawsuit : ad, to, for + lītem, accusative of līs, lawsuit; see litigate.]
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The process to become a Guardian ad Litem and Child Representative took roughly two years, as Hurley had to complete training and three pro bono Child Rep cases through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services in the Domestic Relations Division in Cook County.
South Carolina has two guardian ad litem programs: The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem program, which is run by the state, and the Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates program (CASA).
"Advocating for children to have that stability, while also honing my research and writing skills, is one of the greatest benefits of being a guardian ad litem."
Even though the woman's own attorney did not ask for the appointment of a guardian ad litem, Gallaher could have done so on her own initiative, the panel found.
In 2017, 95 Florida attorneys achieved their certification in juvenile law; 10 percent of them work for the Guardian ad Litem Program.
the role of a guardian ad litem historically has not been limited to a particular set of responsibilities.
After the second case was transferred to the juvenile division, where the dependency case was still pending, the judge declined to allow the guardian ad litem to participate but again denied adoption by the grandmother.
The perfect system would assign a guardian ad litem for every child in a separating or divorcing family.
He also is certified as a guardian ad litem, which serves as the investigative arm for the chancery court in minor's matters.
The procedure requires the appointment of a guardian ad litem to represent the interest of the Cuban heirs in any blocked estate of a decedent, as defined under the Regulations.
(44) "CAPTA provide[d] federal funding to states in support of prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment activities...." (45) CAPTA also supplied the first definition of child abuse and neglect, as well as requiring that a guardian ad litem be appointed in every case involving abuse and neglect proceedings.
The ward will be notified of the motion orally and in writing by an appointed guardian ad litem. This appointed guardian must either be an attorney or a person approved by experience or training to work with the mentally or physically disabled.