Providing Certified guardian ad litem services for Families
In South Carolina

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Children deserve an experienced advocate.

Your client deserves quality service at an affordable rate. 


Custody battles are difficult, South Carolina family courts recognize that decisions regarding custody and visitation should always put the child’s best interests in mind.

However, this can be difficult to do when adults in the family have different ideas of what’s best for their child. That’s why a neutral third party, called the Guardian ad Litem (Guardian “for the suit”), is appointed by a judge to represent the child’s best interests in court proceedings, which may include:

  • Contested visitation and custody cases
  • Legal name changes for minors
  • Private adoptions
  • Private actions involving termination of parental rights

I will:

  • Represent the best interests of the child
  • Conduct an independent investigation to have a clear understanding of the child’s situation and needs
  • Conduct witness interviews, conduct home visits, perform background checks, and evaluate records related to the child and their family
  • Personally meet and interview the child 
  • Determine the child’s goals and concerns about custody and visitation
  • Attend hearings and conferences, and present witnesses and exhibits
  • Identify and advocate for community resources that protect the child’s best interest


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