Andrea Wells and Karen Levitt continue to do Guardian ad Litem work, and have just completed their annual mandatory Category F Guardian ad Litem (GAL) training. The course was Investigating Non-Traditional Families, and was highly informative.
As an attorney, in order to be a Category F Guardian ad Litem, you must have at least three years of experience in the domestic relations field in the Probate and Family Court, including divorce, paternity, custody, visitation, child support, alimony and contempt cases; undergo additional training of at least three hours per year; and agree to take at least one Court-paid GAL appointment each year. Between them, Karen and Andrea estimate they have acted as a Guardian ad Litem in over 125 Court-appointed cases and private cases! Serving as a Guardian ad Litem is an important part of our work and continues to be a rewarding area of practice.
Karen will be participating in the Massachusetts Association of Guardians ad Litem conference “In the Best Interest of the Child Series: From Father Knows Best to Modern Family: The Role of Fathers and Implications for Child Custody Evaluations”.
The conference takes place on October 25 and 26, 2013, at Regis College, Weston, MA. The keynote speaker is Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., clinical professor of child psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center a, with the Honorable Susan Ricci, Kevin Corr, Esq., Frederick Krell, Ph.D, and Mira Levitt, Ph.D, Moderator.
For more information go to www.magalinc.org.
In November of 2012, Andrea Wells and Karen Levitt attended the MCLE Guardian ad Litem seminar regarding parental alienation, which gave some new perspectives on high conflict cases.
Karen and Andrea are both qualified GALs and can be appointed by the Court to investigate facts of a case and report back to the Court.