Often times, the most important voices in a custody and visitation battle go unheard because the parents or other custodians do not have the financial resources to pay for an attorney to represent the best interests of those at the center of the battle. Oklahoma Guardian Ad Litem Institute was created to serve as the voice in court proceedings for those children. The inability of adults to have the financial resources to hire an attorney for themselves and their children should not preclude a child from having a voice in what happens to them.
A guardian ad litem is a unique type of guardian in a relationship that has been created by a court order only for the duration of a legal action. Courts appoint special representatives for minors, who generally need help protecting their rights in court. The guardian as litem is a person the court appoints to investigate what solutions would be in the “best interests of a child.”
Oklahoma Guardian Ad Litem Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to be the voice for children from low income families. We represent children who are NOT in Department of Human Services custody and we do not represent children in cases in juvenile court. We offer services for children from low income families who are in custody battles in family law courts, including divorce cases, paternity cases, custody modification cases, visitation modification cases, relocation cases, and any other cases where custody and/or visitation of minor children are at issue between the parents in family law courts. In an effort to serve the community by providing resources to those children who might not otherwise receive representation due to the limited financial resources of their parents, we limit our representation to children in families with parents having a combined gross household income and available resources of $75,000.00 a year or less.