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Guidelines For Guardians Ad Litem

(RSA 458:17-a)

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    The following guidelines have been prepared by the Guardian ad Litem Committees of the Justices of the Superior Court and the Clerks of the Superior Court. It is the opinion of both Committees that the role developed for and by Guardians ad Litem combines the best aspects of their roles as advocates for the children and as impartial Court officials. This role not only makes the Guardian ad Litem an advocate for the best interest of the child(ren) but also grants to the Guardian broader rights to investigate the circumstances without adherence to traditional party boundary lines. This flexibility permits the Guardian to tailor his/her role to the circumstances of each case.

    With this in mind the Committees are strongly of the opinion that extensive and detailed guidelines must be avoided in order to preserve the role now served by Guardians ad Litem. The attached guidelines are intentionally general and, except as to the sections dealing with fees, are intended to guide Guardians ad Litem and Masters as to the nature of the role of Guardians and not for the purpose of imposing rules or strict procedures.

    The Committees recommend that Guardians ad Litem read Child Custody In New Hampshire, N.H. Bar Journal, Jan. 82, Vol. 23, No. 2, and further recommend consideration of Justice for Juveniles, The Family and Housing Clinic of Franklin Pierce Law Center, Oct. 1981; see generally, C. Douglas, New Hampshire Practice, Vol. 3, Family Law, (1st ed 1982).


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