A guardian ad litem (GAL) is an adult who is appointed by the court to represent the best interests of an individual for a specific purpose for a specific period of time. Under the direction of the court, a GAL performs an investigation and prepares a report for the court of the GAL's findings and recommendations. The GAL's responsibilities and duties are set forth by statute, court rule and the order appointing the GAL.
Title 26 GALs Cases
Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 26.09 / 26.12 GALs are often appointed to represent the best interests of minor children in domestic relations (family law) cases.
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