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Probate and Family Court Rules Probate and Family Court Standing Order 1-05: Standards for guardians ad litem/investigators

Courts: Probate and Family Court
Effective Date: 01/24/2005

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1.

The Standards for Category F, Guardians ad Litem/Investigators in actions involving: Domestic Relations or Custody/Visitation/Adoption G.L. c. 215, § 56Ac. 208, § 16, (hereinafter “Standards”) are effective January 24, 2005.

2.

The purpose of these Standards is to:

  • provide accountability related to guardian ad litem/investigations;
  • improve custody, visitation, and other outcomes for children;
  • promote uniformity and consistency in guardian ad litem/investigations; and
  • promote respect for the rights of parties and their children, including their safety.

3.

It is ordered that all guardians ad litem/investigators appointed pursuant to  G.L. c. 215, § 56A,  c. 208, § 16 utilize the Standards in conducting these investigations. Guardians ad litem/investigators who are certified by the Probate and Family Court Administrative Office to receive appointments under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:07, and those persons not on the list who are appointed in accordance with Section (4) of Rule 1:07, are governed by this Order and shall conduct their investigations in accordance with the Standards.

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