First, a Guardian ad Litem is appointed by the court or agreed to by the parents attorney’s or the parents themselves to make a recommendation on what is in the best interest of a child while a proceeding is taking place, most commonly in custody cases or Suits Affecting the Parent Child Relationship (SAPCR). This does not mean that the guardian ad litem has custody of your child or that any of your rights have been taken away. It only means that a person educated, trained and experienced in the role will make an independent recommendation to the court, in writing as to what is in the best interest of the child. Not what is in the parent’s best interest, but the child’s.
The benefit of a Guardian ad Litem is that they do not have a personal stake in the outcome and interacts with and uses other methods with all parties to gather information to help come to a recommendation to the court. The guardian ad Litem recommendation is only one part of your custody case but an important one as it is for the best interest and benefit of the child as that is the only person the ad Litem represents.