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What is a GAL?

A GAL or a Guardian Ad Litem is a person (must be an attorney in Orange County) that is hired or appointed (depending on the case) to represent the child(ren)'s best interest. The GAL will interview the child(ren), the parents, and any other witnesses that are requested by the parents to gain information in order to prepare a written report for the court. This report is actually hearsay; however, the recommendations are opinions of the GAL based on his/her observations, investigation and work on the case. The GAL is not supposed to do what the child(ren) want, they are supposed to recommend what is in the best interest of the child(ren) which is often contrary to the child(ren)'s desires. The Judge almost always follows the recommendations of the GAL, as the GAL is considered like the "super parent" of the child, and has no bias toward or against either parent; however, it is not a requirement for the Judge to follow the recommendation of the GAL. The parties can waive the hearsay objections to allow the entire report to be considered evidence, or the parties can obtain a social investigation in lieu or in conjunction with a GAL (Social Investigation reports are not hearsay by statute). Each case is different and the issue and facts in one's case will determine what type of professional should be hired or appointed to assist the judge in making the best decision for a specific family. The attorneys at Schwam-Wilcox & Associates will assist you in analyzing your case to see what type of professional, if any, should be hired to assist the Judge in making a decision; further, the attorneys here are GALs and can be hired in that capacity as well. For more information on how our firm can help you, please contact us at 407-245-7700 or at You can also visit our website at


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