Recent Updates to the Roles and Duties of Guardian ad Litems in Illinois
A guardian ad litem (GAL) is an important advocate for children who may be the victims of child abuse or child neglect.
With the passing of House Bill 1555, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (the statute currently governing the roles and duties) has been amended to prevent trial surprises and ensure transparency. Among the changes are provisions requiring a written report not less than 30 days before final hearing or trial, allowing the GAL to propose an allocation order in addition to the report, and admission of the report into evidence without foundation. The bill also grants GALs discretionary powers including presence in all proceedings, issuing subpoenas for records and filing pleadings. Read more here.