What is the Difference Between a Guardian ad Litem and an Attorney for the Minor Children in a Connecticut Divorce Case?

When there is a parenting issue in a Connecticut divorce case such as a custody dispute or a disagreement regarding a parenting plan, it is not uncommon for the court to appoint a Guardian ad Litem or Attorney for the Minor Child(ren). The role of the Guardian ad Litem is to ensure that the child’s best interests are represented during the course of a parties’ dispute. They do not represent either party in the case. An Attorney for the Minor Child(ren) represents the child’s wishes and advocates on their behalf. A notable difference is that a GAL is permitted to testify in court while an AMC is not. Generally, while there is no “magic” age, an AMC is for older children while a GAL is appointed for younger children. The Attorney for the Minor Child(ren) and the Guardian ad Litem charge for their time and it is the parties’ responsibility to pay for their fees.