A guardian ad litem (GAL) is a person appointed by a court to represent the best interests of a child in a family law case. They can sometimes be a relative or friend of the child but are frequently also a volunteer attorney.
A divorce after years of marriage can be freeing, as well as a stressful, life-changing event. For the benefit of you and any children you share with your ex, it is important to be prepared for these changes and to understand how they might affect your life.
Whether you’re headed for divorce or split from your ex years ago, the holidays can be a mixed bag of emotions for parents sharing a child with an ex. The first thing to know is you will get the hang of it.
Both adoption and fostering provide homes to thousands of children in Illinois every year. However, there are some differences depending on whether you are navigating the foster system or not that may determine which process is right for you and your family.