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Massachusetts Association of Guardians ad Litem

About Us

Who We Are

MAGAL is a professional organization of mental health professionals, attorneys, family service officers, judges, and academics who work in and with the Probate and Family Courts that are charged with resolving disputes over the custody of children. 


Our primary mission is the education of our members and the family law community about best professional practices and relevant policies governing their work.


Members of MAGAL include judges, attorneys, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health counselors, visitation supervisors and family service officers. Membership, is by application, subject to board approval, is open to professionals with a practice or interest in child custody.



Education and Ongoing Events

Upcoming Events

MAGAL Annual Meeting and Summer Social

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Members Only + 1 Guest allowed: More Info here



Mandatory Training course for all GAL's, click here

Other Updates

Weekly Activites

Ongoing weekly events and groups for any of our members. Membership in either MAGAL or AFCC-MA is required to join the meetings below

Wednesdays at Noon

Every Wednesday at noon we host a zoom discussion called the GAL discussion group. Click the link below to join.

GAL Discussion Group

Fridays at 1pm

MAGAL in conjunction with AFCC hosts a zoom discussion called the PC Discussion Group for those serving as parenting coordinators.

PC Discussion Group

On alternate Fridays, we host a discussion group for court involved therapists (CIT) for those doing therapeutic work with high conflict families of divorce or who are currently litigating divorce.

Court Involved Therapists

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