Definition of ad litem in English:

ad litem


  • (especially of a guardian) appointed to act in a lawsuit on behalf of a child or other person who is not considered capable of representing themselves.

    ‘However, the federal government left implementation of guardian ad litem requirements to the states.’
    • ‘A Guardian ad litem may seek to withdraw by filing a motion with the court that appointed the Guardian.’
    • ‘Serving as a Guardian ad litem in a contested family law proceeding is a challenging job.’
    • ‘This brochure answers commonly asked questions about the guardian ad litem's role in the divorce process.’
    • ‘Casa volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of both the guardian ad litem and the court.’


ad litem

/ˌad ˈlīdəm/ /ˌæd ˈlaɪdəm/


Latin, literally ‘for the lawsuit’.