Guardians ad Litem (GALs)
In Maine a guardian ad litem (GAL) is a person appointed by the court to gather relevant information and make recommendations to the judge to assist him or her in determining what is in a child's best interest. GALs are appointed in all Title 22 child protective cases and in some Title 19-A family law and Title 18-A probate matters.
A GAL's job is to gather relevant information and provide reports to the court about what he or she believes is in a child's best interest. Best interest of the child means an outcome that serves or furthers the health, safety, well-being, education and growth of the child. In applying the standard of best interest of the child in probate matters and family law cases the relevant factors set forth in 19-A M.R.S. § 1653(3) must be considered. The primary consideration is the safety and well-being of the child.
For more information about GAL services or to comment about GAL Services in Maine please contact:
Administrative Office of the Courts - Guardian ad Litem Services
1 Court Street, Suite 301, Augusta, ME 04330
Telephone: (207) 213-2865
Administrative Order JB-05-5 (A.7-16.2) (PDF) (Revised fee schedule for court-appointed GALs)