chapter  3
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Representation of the Child to the Court: The Law Guardian and Guardian ad Litem

Consider the case of three small children (the oldest was eight years of age), who lived with their mother while their father fought for sole custody. In this case, there were issues of race (the parents were an interracial couple), extended family (one parent had extensive extended family who were involved with the children), and constancy for the children (school, friends) . The guardian ad litem proposed that the children be moved to the father's home because the mother's house was "untidy," a proposal that overlooked the children's emotional needs. This example highlights one of the potential pitfalls in employing a guardian who lacks psychological sophistication.