Archives: Guardian Ad Litem

2019 Year in Review

Published: Thursday, February 6th, 2020

After a year of writing this column for the Wisconsin Law Journal, it is time to take a look back at the main issues for the year.

Wisconsin Family Law Case Finder

Published: Friday, February 23rd, 2018

On March 1, 2018, Loeb & Herman will debut Wisconsin Family Law Case Finder, a subscription based legal research service specifically designed for family law attorneys.

“Man Bites Dog” Surrogacy Case

Published: Monday, July 25th, 2016

Surrogacy case is a “man bites dog” story which provides some lessons about our legal system.

On Family Law: Voices of Children —
When Should They Be Heard?

Published: Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

There is no “magic age” for when children have a right to be heard, but GALs should be trained on how to talk to children who are caught in the middle of family battles.

New Group to Help Resolve Family Conflicts

Published: Monday, January 28th, 2013

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an organization in which professionals from the family-law bar, mental-health providers and the courts come together in an effort to share information? That’s what The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts is all about.

Children Making Choices

Published: Thursday, January 10th, 2013

At first blush, a court of appeals case which is not recommended for publication, but may be cited, presents the common and troublesome issue of a child making choices. Upon closer reading, however, the case is much simpler.

Nehls v. Nehls

Published: Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Hopefully, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision in Nehls will be relied upon only for the waiver issue, not approving the use of a GAL serving as a type of “special master” in deciding custody matters.

Child Representation in a Perfect World

Published: Monday, August 6th, 2007

What would the role of a child’s representative be in a perfect world?

What’s the Proper Role of the Attorney Serving as GAL?

Published: Monday, July 30th, 2007

Much ink has been spilled over the GAL’s role, and much real and virtual debate has taken place. This article offers a discussion on the roles of lawyers for children other than the role prescribed in Wisconsin.

Representing the Child’s Best Interest, Not the Child

Published: Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Usually, a lawyer represents a client. In Wisconsin, on the other hand, a GAL represents the “concept” of the best interests of the child.