SECTION 1. Section 56a of Chapter 215 of the General laws as appearing in the 2006 Official edition, is hereby amended by inserting, in line 7, after the word “attorney.” the following words: - All child custody cases referred to a guardian ad litem will require a domestic violence screening assessment in which a judge shall cause a search to be made of the records contained within the statewide domestic violence record keeping system, maintained by the office of the commissioner of probation, and shall review the resulting data to determine whether the parties have a civil or criminal record involving domestic violence prior to a decision rendered.
All appointed guardian ad litems will be required to have completed a minimum of 24 hours of professional development training for certification, and at least 8 hours of training on the indicators of domestic violence from an approved domestic violence organization.
Formal complaints of the competency of an appointed Guardian ad Litem can be filed in motion to a judge in camera. -:
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.