Guardian Ad Litem

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.

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's circumstances and work on behalf of the best interests of the minor child(ren).

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 process in Fairfield and New Haven County. She is an important resource for the Connecticut court system both in serving as a guardian ad litem, 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.

Investigations requested by the Court may be very intrusive and very thorough, as the State has an interest in ensuring children are not subject to abusive or cruel treatment during the extremely stressful divorce process. A parent who loses the trust of the Court pursuant to the investigation of a guardian ad litem will often have difficulty regaining it, and may end up jeopardizing his/her standing as it pertains to desired outcomes for custody and visitation.

During a divorce, heated words can be exchanged, and many of these exchanges may include accusations against you that are completely unfair, taken out of context, or even blatantly false. At times, a parent may even seek to use children as a bargaining chip to obtain a financial advantage. This type of conduct by your spouse is inappropriate and needs to be defended against.

If you live in Trumbull, Monroe, Bridgeport, Milford, or any of the surrounding localities, and you are facing a child custody or visitation dispute where the judge has appointed a guardian ad litem for your minor children, you need to retain the services of an attorney who can advise you on how to weather the next steps successfully so that you will be able to continue your relationship with your child on terms acceptable to you.


Attorney Carmina (Tessitore) Hirsch, has consistently been recognized by her peers as one of Connecticut’s leading attorneys in divorce 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 advocate 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. Carmina has represented scores of parents in navigating through an investigation by a guardian ad litem, negotiating settlements in line with the guardian's recommendations, and representing her client's interests at a hearing or trial.

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 may create a narrative that is not in line with reality, making the process difficult for you if you are self-represented. 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 effectively to both a guardian ad litem and judge.

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