In short - in Missouri, a Guardian ad Litem is an attorney who represents the best interests of a child or children in, for example, a custody matter. Missouri’s Revised Statutes Section 452.423 states that a Guardian ad litem [is to be] appointed...1. In all proceedings for child custody or for dissolution of marriage or legal separation where custody, visitation, or support of a child is a contested issue, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem. 2. The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem in any proceeding in which child abuse or neglect is alleged.
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Generally speaking, divorce is an emotionally difficult process regardless of the relative issues any particular couple may be experiencing. So too, the same can be said for your children and with a great deal of uncertainty as to how any child may handle their own experience. It can certainly be devastating to a child to go through their processing of the divorce and bear witness to their parents' varying levels of animosity. If you are considering a divorce –you well should consider Mediation instead of traditional litigation. Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution method (ADR) that has the potential to dramatically reduce stress and anxiety for one, as well as minimize the length of the process and eliminate your time in court. Reduce Stress. Save Time and Save Money. Have that much more time and financial resources for yourself and your children.
Divorce can be inherently complicated. Often, I have watched as a client pours their heart and soul out to a perceived ally, only to hear that such confidence was ill-placed. Counseling provides legal protections unavailable in many other relationships and permits you to have a relationship in which unintended espionage cannot survive.