§ 107.3. Appointment of guardian ad litem--Referral to mediation or counseling--Definitions--Fa...
Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 43. Marriage and FamilyEffective: November 1, 2019
Effective: November 1, 2019
43 Okl.St.Ann. § 107.3
§ 107.3. Appointment of guardian ad litem--Referral to mediation or counseling--Definitions--False accusations of child abuse or neglect
2. The guardian ad litem may be appointed to objectively advocate on behalf of the child and act as an officer of the court to investigate all matters concerning the best interests of the child. In addition to other duties required by the court and as specified by the court, a guardian ad litem shall have the following responsibilities:
a. review documents, reports, records and other information relevant to the case, meet with and observe the child in appropriate settings, and interview parents, caregivers and health care providers and any other person with knowledge relevant to the case including, but not limited to, teachers, counselors and child care providers,
e. the guardian ad litem shall, as much as possible, maintain confidentiality of information related to the case and is not subject to discovery pursuant to the Oklahoma Discovery Code.1
4. The Oklahoma Bar Association shall develop a standard operating manual for guardians ad litem which shall include, but not be limited to, legal obligations and responsibilities, information concerning child abuse, child development, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and parent and child behavioral health and management including best practices. After publication of the manual, all guardians ad litem shall certify to the court in which he or she is appointed as a guardian ad litem that the manual has been read and all provisions contained therein are understood. The guardian ad litem shall also certify that he or she agrees to follow the best practices described within the standard operating manual. The Administrative Office of the Courts shall provide public access to the standard operating manual by providing a link to the manual on the Oklahoma State Courts Network (OSCN) website.
1. “Child abuse or neglect” shall have the same meaning as “abuse” or “neglect” as defined by Section 1-1-105 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes or shall mean the child has been adjudicated deprived as a result of the actions or omission of either parent pursuant to the Oklahoma Children's Code;2 and
2. “Domestic violence” shall have the same meaning as such term is defined by the Protection from Domestic Abuse Act.3
Laws 1997, c. 403, § 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2002, c. 400, § 15, eff. Nov. 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 3, § 20, emerg. eff. March 19, 2003; Laws 2006, c. 136, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2006; Laws 2017, c. 16, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2017; Laws 2019, c. 417, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2019.
43 Okl. St. Ann. § 107.3, OK ST T. 43 § 107.3
Current with emergency effective legislation through Chapter 317 of the First Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2023). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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