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GALs & Child Representatives in Family Law Cases

Course Description
Using interactive learning techniques, participants will analyze real life fact patterns designed to assist judges in making appointment decisions in cases involving the allocation of parental responsibility.

Learning Objectives
As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the requirements of Section 5/506, applicable Supreme Court Rules and relevant case authority pertaining to the appointment of GALs and child representatives
  • Develop expectations for appointed counsel
  • Analyze financial constraints impacting the appointment decision
  • Recognize the benefits and constraints associated with the appointment of GALs or child representatives, including considerations arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic¬†
  • Apply minimum standards for appointed counsel

Professional Competencies
  • Ethics & Integrity
  • Knowledge of Law & Justice System
  • Critical Thinking
  • Self-Knowledge & Self-Control
  • Managing the Case & Court Process
  • Facilitating Resolution