Guardian ad Litem Service
Whittaker Family Services LLC
Child Care, Guardian ad Litem
Guardian ad Litem at Whittaker Family Services
Our Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program provides you with a GAL who is Marriage Family Therapist, a master´s level practitioner. We offer our Guardian ad Litem Service in our office in Carrollwood, Tampa, Florida. You can also use our field based service which means that we come to you in the areas of Tampa, and Tampa Bay Area.
What is a Guardian ad Litem?
A specially trained and qualified GAL is appointed by a court in order to represent the best interests of the child(ren) and to investigate and recommend the child custody and/or visitation arrangements that are in the best interest of the child(ren) when the parents are in high conflict and may not be able to agree on what´s best for the child(ren).
What does a Guardian ad Litem do?
A comprehensive and systemic investigation will be completed with both parents as to the current family dynamics in place, as well as the sources of conflict.
The investigation performed by a GAL is typically not as extensive as that which would be performed by a custody evaluator, but involves interviews with the parents, children, and any other relevant family members, caregivers, or teachers that have frequent contact with the child.
The GAL will investigate information related to any complaints that the parents have about one another. For instance, if mother is complaining that father should not visit with the children overnight because he is using drugs, the Guardian ad Litem can recommend that the court order drug testing for one or both parents. Likewise, if one parent is complaining that the other parent does not ensure that the child´s schoolwork is completed, or that the child gets to school on time, the Guardian ad Litem is likely to look at the child´s grade reports and attendance records, and perhaps follow up with school teachers or counselors
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