Private Guardian Ad Litem (PGAL)
In high conflict divorce and custody cases involving children, the court will often appoint an attorney to represent the interests of the children. The children’s attorney is referred to by the Latin title “guardian ad litem” (often abbreviated as GAL), which means “guardian for the case.”
Private guardians are appointed by the court when one party or the other earns too much money to qualify for a free guardian. Typically, the court will order the parties to pay the private guardian’s retainer of about $1,000 out of pocket, and most private guardians bill at the maximum statutory rate of $150 per hour.
Open Legal Services offers private guardian ad litem services for $75 per hour. Talk to your attorney for more information.