A Guardian ad Litem (often referred to as a “GAL”) is appointed by the domestic or juvenile Court to represent the best interest of the child(ren) in a custody case. To become a GAL, one must fulfill certain requisites, such as special training, and in most counties a GAL must be an attorney.
When dealing with custody disputes, there is often a concern as to whether or not the Court will speak to the children. Below are the answers to a few common questions regarding the appearance of children in custody cases. If you have further questions or are looking for help with custody issues, call our office at (614) 567-3031 to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced and skilled custody attorney.
As family law attorneys, we are often asked, “Can my child choose which parent to live with?” Or “At what age can my child choose which parent to live with?” The short answer is there is no such age. Under Ohio law, a child’s desire is just one of several factors to be considered by the Court in determining custody and parenting time. And the child’s age and maturity will determine how heavily to weigh that one factor. The question then becomes how to best present a child’s wishes to the Court.