Guardian ad Litem

Florida Statute 61.401


In an action for dissolution of marriage, modification, parental responsibility, custody or visitation, if the court finds it is in the best interest of the child, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem to act as next friend of the child, investigator or evaluator, not as attorney or advocate; however, the guardian and the legal counsel shall not be the same person. In such actions which involve an allegation of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect as defined in s. 39.01, which allegation is verified and determined by the court to be well-founded, the court shall appoint a guardian ad litem for the child. The guardian ad litem shall be a party to any judicial processing from the date of the appointment until the date of discharge.

Family and Court Services, LLC

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Family and Court Services, LLC
Ruth Pippin

Ruth was certified by the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program in March 2004, exceeding over 100 children at one time and 25 volunteers. (Dependancy Court) As a co-founder of Family & Court Services LLC, in May 2007, she began Family Law cases independently and continues to be a "court appointed" Guardian ad Litem at the present time. She takes each case serious by investigating the facts, determining the proper recommendations, and reporting to the court without bias.