Under the statutes of Missouri, a guardian ad litem is a lawyer who the judge appoints when there are allegations of abuse or neglect of the children. His or her job is to represent the best interest of the children throughout the court process. The Missouri guardian ad litem has gone through a minimum of 8 hours of specialized training in order to represent the best interest of the children and has agreed to handle cases within the guidelines set forth by the Missouri Supreme Court. The guardian ad litem may want to meet with your children, may want to visit your home or meet with you individually or may gather your children’s educational or medical records.
Throughout the court process, the guardian ad litem will likely attend all court hearings, settlement conferences and trials. He or she will make a recommendation to the judge in the case as to what custody schedule or arrangement he or she believes is best for the children.
Laura H. Stobie
McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer, L.C.