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Definition of ad Litem

Ad Litem, also known as guardian ad litem, is a Latin term used to refer to the appointed person to protect the interests of a minor in a personal injury or divorce case.

For example, in a divorce case the guardian ad litem (GAL) is a court-appointed person to protect the interests of a child while the custody and child support arrangements are decided. Generally, the GAL is a licensed therapist, social worker or lawyer who is appointed if the parents have been accused of child abuse, the divorce is highly contentious and the parents cannot agree on the long-term care of the child, or the parents request a guardian ad litem. Because the laws and regulations for getting a GAL vary from state to state if you need someone to help with issues for your children in a divorce you need to talk to a divorce lawyer.

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