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Guardian Ad Litem / Mediator - Joliet, IL

Will County Guardian Ad Litem

Serving Will County & Grundy County


Guardian Ad Litem / Child Representative / Mediator


Will County Attorney for Custody Disputes

When parents are in a contested child custody dispute even after mediation has been completed, a mediator may send a case back to court. The court may appoint an attorney, guardian ad litem, or child representative to serve as a voice for the child. Attorney Melton has the experience needed to be a dedicated advocate for children's needs.


Will County Child Advocates in Family Law Matters

In any action involving child support, child custody, visitation rights, education, parentage, or welfare of a minor child, the court may appoint an attorney to represent the child's best interests.


These roles can be:


Attorney—The attorney provides the same counsel and owes the same duties to the child, such as confidentiality as the attorney would if the child was an adult.


Guardian Ad Litem—A guardian ad litem is appointed by the court to testify or submit a written report describing his or her position on the best interest of the child. The GAL is the eyes and ears of the court and does not owe any duty of confidentiality to the child.


Child representative—The child representative is different from a regular attorney and a guardian ad litem. The child representative advocates on the child's behalf based on what he or she has determined to be the best interests of the child. 


We regularly serve as a guardian ad litem or as a child representative at the request of the family courts. To learn more about the role that a child representative or guardian ad litem may play in your child custody dispute, contact us today!


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Do you have a legal question, concern or would you like to make an appointment?  We would love to hear from you!


Please call us or email us today!

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