According to South Carolina code, section 20-7-1545. Private Guardians ad Litem; appointment. (A) In a private action before the family court in which custody or visitation of a minor child is an issue, the court may appoint a Guardian ad Litem only when it determines that:
(1) without a guardian ad litem, the court will likely not be fully informed about the facts of the case and there is a substantial dispute which necessitates a guardian ad litem; or
(2) both parties consent to the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem who is approved by the court;(B) The court has absolute discretion in determining who will be appointed s a Guardian ad Litem in each case.
A Guardian ad Litem must be appointed to a case by a SC Family Court Judge.
Donna Toland is a certified Guardian ad Litem through the South Carolina Children's Law Center. To view Donna's certification go to photos tab and look in the "Certification" album.