Skip to Main Content

NH Family Law Research Guide: Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

New Hampshire family law resources.


In this section, you will find information on:

  • Guardian ad Litem (GAL)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

One way to think of the Guardian Ad Litem's (GAL) role would be as the "eyes and ears of the court." The GAL is appointed to protect the interests of children who are either the subject of litigation or who have an interest in the litigation and are unable to speak for themselves. It is the duty of the GAL to conduct an evaluation and then to make recommendations to the Court in the best interest of the child whom they have been appointed to serve.

For more information see: 

Source: New Hampshire Guardian Ad Litem Board

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Source: National CASACourt Appointed Special Advocates, unlike paid GAL's, are trained volunteer advocates that speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children. Since 1989, CASA has recruited and trained volunteers to provide a comprehensive, unbiased picture of the child's life for a judge. Through regular meetings with the child and the important people who interact with the child, a CASA volunteer obtains vital information to help the judge make an informed decision.

CASA carries the vision of providing an advocate for every abused and neglected child in our courts. With more than 450 volunteers, CASA volunteer advocates represent the best interest for as many children a year as it can, but more are always needed. With 650-700 volunteer advocates, they believe CASA could effectively provide a voice for 100 percent of the state's children.

To obtain more information on CASA or on how to become a CASA volunteer, please visit:

Source: CASA of New Hampshire