Guardian Ad Litem

Attorney MacCausland is a certified Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in the Massachusetts Probate and Family and Juvenile Courts. Cynthia serves as a Category F GAL on domestic relations, custody, visitation and adoption cases investigating and acting as next friend. Cynthia also accepts appointments as a Guardian Ad Litem Incompetent Person (Category K), a Special Master to Perform specific acts (Category T) and as Counsel for a person in the armed forces (Category X). A Guardian Ad Litem may be ordered where the Court seeks additional information or background surrounding allegations of domestic violence, trauma, substance abuse, mental health, parental alienation or criminal activity. Cynthia will interview the parties, the child (if appropriate) and other collaterals including teachers, social workers, therapists, doctors, and police officers to gather background and relevant information on the history of legal proceedings and prior investigations, family and parenting history, and developmental status and parenting needs of the children.


470 Washington Street, Norwood, MA 02062 | P.O. Box 1154, Newport, RI 02840 | T. 617.284.3804. | F. 617.507.5852 | cynthia@maccauslandlaw.com