Use of a Guardian Ad Litem in a Tampa Child Custody Case
The Use of a Guardian Ad Litem has become more prevalent recently in Tampa divorce and child custody cases. Pursuant to Florida law, Courts must determine timesharing between the parents based on the “best interests of the child.” A Guardian Ad Litem serves to act as a voice and advocate for the child or children to help the court make that determination.
Under Florida law:
A guardian ad litem when appointed shall act as next friend of the child, investigator or evaluator, not as attorney or advocate but shall act in the child’s best interest. A guardian ad litem shall have the powers, privileges, and responsibilities to the extent necessary to advance the best interest of the child, including, but not limited to, the following: