Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
Guardian Ad Litem in Ansonia, Milford, Orange, Stratford, Seymour, Oxford, Woodbridge, Bethany, Woodbury, Southbury, Waterbury, Shelton, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Trumbull, Monroe, New Haven, Hamden, North Haven, North Branford, Branford, Westport, Wilton, Weston, Easton, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Greenwich.
In cases where the Court feels the interests of a divorcing couple’s minor child or children are not easy to discern, the judge may appoint a “guardian ad litem.” The task of the guardian ad litem is to investigate on behalf of the Court the family circumstances, and if necessary, to take legal or other appropriate action to defend the interests of such children.
Courts in Connecticut take the matter of child welfare very seriously, and may appoint a trained social worker or licensed attorney versed in family law to ensure the safety and well-being of children whose parents are at legal odds with each other.
Shelton-based attorney Carmina (Tessitore) Hirsch has a great deal of experience with this system as it works in Fairfield and New Haven County. She is an important resource for the Connecticut court system both in serving as a guardian ad litem in extraordinary circumstances that require legal expertise, and in recommending or working with guardians ad litem in cases where her client is a party to a divorce action or has a legal interest in the welfare of a child whose parents are ending their marriage.
Investigations requested by the Court may be very intrusive and very thorough, as the State has an interest in making sure that children are not subject to abusive or cruel treatment during the extremely stressful separation and divorce process. A parent who loses the trust of the Court pursuant to the investigation of a guardian ad litem will have a hard time gaining or retaining custody and visitation rights with respect to their children.
During a divorce, heated words are exchanged, and many of these exchanges include accusations that may be completely unfair or even false. Children may be used as a bargaining chip to gain increased alimony or other settlement advantages.
If you live in Westport, Danbury, Stamford, Bridgeport or any of the other surrounding localities, and you are facing a child custody or visitation dispute where the judge has decided to appoint a guardian ad litem, you need to retain the services of an attorney who can advise you on how to weather the investigation successfully, so that you will be able to continue your relationship with your child on terms acceptable to you.
In Fairfield County, there is no better family law attorney than Carmina (Tessitore) Hirsch, who has consistently been voted by her peers one of Connecticut’s leading attorneys in divorce law and family law. As an officer of the Court she recognizes that one of her primary responsibilities is to protect the safety and well-being of children whose fates are being adjudicated. If the evidence is overwhelming that a parent presents a danger to his or her child, the path for the Court is clear; if, on the other hand, there is reason to believe that her client is being unfairly maligned or dispossessed of parental rights, she will move heaven and earth to reach a fair and equitable settlement in her client’s favor and or take the matter to trial if settlement is not an option.
You may have a crystal-clear conscience with regard to your fitness and suitability as a parent, but a hard-charging spouse backed by an aggressive legal team will eat you alive if you and your attorney have no idea how to deal with a Court-appointed guardian ad litem. If your children are important to you, the best move you can make is to hire a top-notch legal advocate to represent your interests. “Super Lawyer” Carmina (Tessitore) Hirsch and her team have the experience and the savoir-faire necessary to present your case both to the judge and to the judge’s designated investigators in a manner that gives you a chance to prevail.