Guardian Ad Litem in Illinois

Lawyer for Children in Cases of Domestic Violence, Allocation of Parental Responsibility and Parenting Time in DeKalb and Kane Counties

Rachel Hernandez of Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC attended law school with a goal of working on behalf of children and families in crisis and is a qualified Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in Kane County. A Guardian Ad Litem is an attorney, appointed by the court to represent children. In Illinois, courts are committed to protecting the children of all involved parties to a dispute. Courts may appoint a Guardian Ad Litem who will work with children and their families to determine their best interests and then represent those interests to the court.

What Are the Responsibilities of a Guardian Ad Litem?

When appointed by the court, a Guardian Ad Litem investigates the facts of the case and interviews the children and the parties involved, and then either submits a report or testifies to the court regarding his or her recommendations based on what the children’s best interests are. The Guardian Ad Litem may also participate as a witness in a hearing or trial to address or further expand on his or her recommendations.

A Dedicated Representative for Children

Attorney Hernandez can serve as Guardian Ad Litem in many family court cases and situations such as:

  • Domestic violence. Attorney Hernandez has worked with the state in cases where children are abused or neglected or where children live in homes in which violence takes place.
  • Allocation of parental responsibilities (Formerly Custody). Oftentimes, parents cannot agree on an allocation of parental responsibilities and/or parenting time. As a GAL, Attorney Hernandez will make recommendations on how parenting time and decision-making responsibilities regarding the child(ren) should be shared between parents.
  • Education. When unmarried parents disagree on decisions with regard to the education of their child(ren) the Court may appoint, or either party can request, a Guardian Ad Litem.
  • General Welfare. When allegations of abuse, neglect, or substance abuse arise, a Guardian Ad Litem can assess the situation from the perspective of serving the best interests of the child(ren) involved and suggest ways in which their interests can be best served going forward.
Skilled Family Lawyer in St. Charles, IL and DeKalb, IL

At Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC, we believe in a holistic and collaborative approach to the practice law. Family matters often require mediation or other unique approaches, as the traditional litigation model can fall short in effectively addressing such issues. We believe that we can resolve disputes in families through collaborating with other professionals in order to address the emotional issues that perpetuate these disputes. We are always committed to finding the solution that best serves the needs of our client. To schedule a consultation, call us at 630-888-0017 or contact us online. We serve clients in Kane County, DeKalb County, and across Northern Illinois.

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Collaborative Divorce

The collaborative divorce process is a method that promotes mutual and joint problem solving between spouses. (read more)

Uncontested Divorce

After a separation, the ideal situation involves spouses agreeing to part ways amicably and proceeding in an uncontested divorce. (read more)

Child Issues

We can provide beneficial solutions to minimize the effect that divorce has on a family and to promote working together going forward. (read more)


Mediation is considered an out-of-court solution that allows the parties to resolve legal issues in an amicable manner. (read more)

Domestic Violence

Attorney Rachel Hernandez has worked on behalf of families dealing with domestic violence for nearly two decades and attended law school with this as a focus. (read more)

Guardian Ad Litem

Rachel Hernandez of Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC attended law school with a goal of working on behalf of children and families in crisis and is a qualified Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in Kane County. A Guardian Ad Litem is an attorney, appointed by the court to assist the court with issues regarding disputes involving children. (read more)

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Limited Scope Representation provides individually customized client services for individuals who may not need or want full representation. You choose the form and cost of services that best fit your situation. We can provide you with the resources that enable you to achieve your goals. (read more)