Guardians Ad Litem (GALs)
In Maine a guardian ad litem (GAL) is a person assigned by the court to assist the judge in determining what is in a child's best interest. GALs are appointed in all Title 22 child protective cases and in some Title 19-A family law and Title 18-A probate matters.
A GAL's job is to gather relevant information and advise the court of what he or she believes is in a child's best interest. Best interest of the child means an outcome that serves or furthers the health, safety, well-being, education and growth of the child. In applying the standard of best interest of the child in probate matters and family law cases the relevant factors set forth in 19-A M.R.S. §1653(3) must be considered. The primary consideration is the safety and well-being of the child.
For more information about GAL services, or to comment about GALs and/or the GAL Program in Maine please contact:
Libby McCullum, Esq.
Children's GAL Services Coordinator
1 Court Street, Suite 301, Augusta, ME 04330
Telephone: (207) 213-2861
Administrative Order JB-05-55 (A.9-11) (PDF) (Revised fee schedule for court-appointed GALs)