REPORT WRITING & TESTIFYING for GALs – CLE presented by Kids’ Voice of Indiana

This course is designed to give all who serve as Guardians ad Litem (GAL) the tools they need to write useful GAL reports, and present effective testimony.

The course discusses the role of a GAL’s report and testimony as the final pieces of a GAL investigation. It covers best practices, tips, and highlights critical pieces of knowledge that should be included in all GAL reports and testimony. Participants will also discuss relevant legal standards, evidentiary issues, Indiana statutes, and case law that is relevant to a GAL’s report and to a GAL’s testimony.

Materials will be provided to participants with the relevant laws and legal standards, along with other items as needed. Approved for 2 hours CLE.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

9:45am – 12pm

The training will be held in person at the English Foundation Building – 615 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis, IN, 46204 – Conference Room 8 is on the ground floor.


I. Welcome 9:55
II. Reporting Writing & Testifying 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
• Report Writing
• Planning and Organizing a GAL Report
• Legal Standards Impacting a GAL Report
• Practical Tips for Report Writing
• Practical Tips for Testifying as a GAL
• Legal Standards Impacting Testimony

Nissa Ricafort is a founding partner of Broyles Kight & Ricafort, P.C. Nissa is an experienced family law attorney, practicing in the areas of high conflict custody proceedings, parenting time disputes, internal custody disputes, complex martial estate divisions, paternity, guardianship, and adoption matters. Nissa also represents parents in CHINS actions, along with a wide range of clients in other family law adjacent areas, such as grandparent visitation, estates, trusts, protective orders, and cohabitation agreements. Nissa also serves as a Parenting Coordination and as a Guardian ad Litem and is a volunteer GAL for Kids’ Voice of Indiana.

Melanie K. Reichert joined the Family Law Group at Broyles Kight & Ricafort, P.C. in August 2004. Melanie is trained as a mediator and a collaborative law attorney, and she seeks to assist families to resolve family conflict without litigation. Melanie is also an experienced family law litigator in the areas of complex custody matters, jurisdictional issues, child and spousal support, allegations of child abuse or neglect, allegations of domestic violence, adoption, and property distribution. Melanie advocates for children as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem and a private Guardian ad Litem.