May 2022 Bar Bulletin
By Megan Stanley
In King County, there are several local rules that govern the appointment of Guardians ad Litem (GALs) in superior court matters. This article will focus primarily on the appointment of GALs for children in family law matters and best practices when family law attorneys represent a parent and a GAL for the children is appointed.
GAL appointments for children in King County are subject to King County Local Guardian ad Litem Rules (LGALR), Washington state Guardian ad Litem Rules (GALR) as well as RCW 26.09 and 26.12. These rules and statutes set forth training requirements, rules regarding courts maintaining a registry of qualified...