What is a guardian ad litem in a family law case?

A guardian ad litem (GAL) is an attorney licensed to practice law in Wisconsin. A GAL is appointed by the court to represent the best interest of the child through the investigation of a case or court process. The GAL will investigate the facts of a case and provide a recommendation to the court on legal custody and placement issues that can not be resolved by the parties. The GAL is not the child���s attorney, but does represent the best interest of the child.