Guardian Ad Litem Information

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

A Guardian Ad Litem is an individual appointed by the court to represent children in proceedings filed in domestic relations cases such as divorce, termination of parental rights, and change of allocation of parental rights.

What is the role of a Guardian Ad Litem?

A Guardian Ad Litem’s primary role is to represent the best interest of the child. A thorough investigation of the circumstances of the child is conducted through interviewing the child and observing them with each parent, guardian or physical custodian, conducting home visits, contacting persons significantly affecting or having relevant knowledge of the child’s life, gathering information, and examining records. With this, the Guardian Ad Litem is then able to responsibly provide the court with pertinent information and an informed recommendation as to the child’s best interest.


A Guardian Ad Litem will actively participate in all court hearings related to their appointment, monitor court orders to ensure compliance and file motions, and other pleadings as appropriate under the applicable rules of procedure.

Who is eligible to be appointed as a Guardian Ad Litem?

Currently, in Crawford County, only an attorney, licensed in Ohio or in another state, may be appointed as a Guardian Ad Litem.