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Governor Charlie Crist Signs Guardian Ad Litem Law For Florida Divorces

Children who are caught in the middle of a nasty divorce in Fort Lauderdale will soon have legal advocates to look out for their best interests. Governor Charlie Crist made a law that will allow the Broward County divorce court to appoint certified Guardian Ad Litem volunteers to represent minor children in a divorce even when there are no allegations of abuse or neglect. When time-sharing, a parenting plan or parental responsibility is contested in your case, your divorce lawyer may file a motion in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court and ask the family law judge to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem to be your child’s voice during court proceedings.

In a contested divorce, parents hate each other more than it seems like they love their children. Governor Christ’s legislation will improve the quality of life for Florida children whose parents are getting divorced by having an advocate who will focus on the child’s best interest.

Children of Florida should have the opportunity to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential by growing up safe and healthy. Allowing your child to be heard through a guardian ad litem during your divorce or paternity case will benefit most families during this difficult time.