When parents going through divorce or custody issues are finding it difficult to come to an agreement and it seems their case is turning out to be more and more contested it has become common for one or both parties to request the appointment of a GAL, or Guardian ad Litem. A Guardian ad Litem within the Probate and Family Court is someone appointed by a judge to investigate child custody cases. A GAL may also be asked to make recommendations to the judge about what is in the child or children's best interests.
Gray Divorce 101
It has become increasingly common for divorce attorneys to receive consultation requests from individuals with children who are finishing college or graduate school, or starting families of their own. This has become so familiar a subject as to be frequently referred to in the press as Gray Divorce.