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Family Law

Criminal and DUI Defense

General Practice in NH and MA

When It's Important Enough to Hire an Expert.

The family motto “Deo Duce Ferro Comitante” has been translated here as “God guides my sword” but a more common translation of “Deo Duce Ferro Comitante” given is “With God as my leader and my sword as my companion.”

Joseph Caulfield
Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

A Guardian ad Litem, often referred to as a “GAL,” is a trained professional appointed by the court to represent, usually, the best interests of a child. A GAL functions as the eyes and ears of the court, investigates and interviews witnesses, and reports findings and makes recommendations to the court concerning parenting rights and responsibilities.

Online social media issues abound in my GAL practice.

To post private and embarrassing items before litigation is bad enough, in that these postings never go away. But, it’s truly amazing what parties in the middle of parenting battle still post! If there is a contention that a parent has a drug or alcohol problem, it’s probably not the right time to post photos doing jello shots during Happy Hour or posing next to bong.

I have been certified as a Guardian ad Litem in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, although I no longer serve in Massachusetts. Should someone be involved in a case which needs a skillful investigation and thoughtful recommendations, she or he could ask the court that I be appointed.