Guardian Ad Litem

In addition to representing parents in custody disputes, Hovastak Law Office attorney Suzanne M. Hovastak serve as Guardians Ad Litem in difficult cases involving children.

Suzanne has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and was an elementary school teacher in Georgia public schools for six (6) years before attending law school. Her background in education was a natural bridge to advocate for children during contested custody cases. Her focus on the best interest of a child allows her to make recommendations to the Judge before they issue a final ruling.

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

A Guardian Ad Litem is an attorney who is appointed by the Court to represent the best interests of the child(ren) where custody or visitation issues are in dispute. The Guardian Ad Litem serves as an advocate – but not as a lawyer – for the child(ren).

What does a Guardian Ad Litem do?

The Guardian Ad Litem will investigate the relevant facts and circumstances, then make a recommendation to the Court, proposing custody and visitation terms most appropriate to meet the child(ren)’s needs. The investigation may include home visits, individual parent consultations, interviews with character witnesses, care providers, teachers, and the child(ren), and review of relevant medical records, school records, and visitation records.