Divorce can sometimes turn two people who once believed they would spend their entire lives together into people who cannot even communicate with each other. When a couple going through a divorce feels this way, it can be extremely difficult for them to focus on working together for the sake of their children. Even parents who have always prioritized their children’s best interests can often feel like they are in survival mode, too distracted, exhausted, and hurt by what is happening, even to be able to consider that their child may want something different than what they want for them
In cases where there is concern that the children’s interests are not being given a voice, a guardian ad litem (GAL) can be assigned. This is a specialized attorney often appointed to advocate for children during custody disputes, incidents of domestic abuse, or child support issues. If you are concerned that your children’s interests are not being represented in your divorce, a Wheaton, IL child representation lawyer can explain how a GAL might be able to help.