Guardian ad Litem, Latin for "guardian for the suit", is
a person appointed by the courts to represent a child or children's best
interests in a custody, adoption, name change, or other case impacting the
children. The Guardian ad Litem will conduct an independent
investigation of the issues surrounding the child, and report back to the court
as to what that investigation finds to be in the child's best interest. The
Guardian ad Litem is often referred to as the "eyes and
ears of the court".
Audrey Brown is certified to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for
the Family Courts of South Carolina, and brings years of experience with
children to her service as a Guardian ad Litem. She holds a
Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies, has worked for over seven (7)
years in early childhood education, and has served as a Guardian ad
Litem in both private cases and DSS proceedings. As step-mother to a
teenager, Audrey has first-hand understanding of the joys and challenges facing
parents and blended families. She is a member in good standing of the South
Carolina Bar, and participates regularly in child-focused Continuing Legal
Education training, including an annual Guardianad Litem training
and update program.
as a Guardian ad Litem is one of Audrey's favorite areas of
practice, due to the direct positive impact that it allows her to make in the life
of a child. From the time she was a child herself, Audrey loved working with
children, and her entire life has been dedicated to finding ways to do so. As a
preschooler she told her parents, repeatedly, that she “wanted a baby brother,
or sister, or both.” A spoiled child, she became big sister to two brothers.
From their birth, she was a staunch advocator for their best interests. At five
years old, when her newborn brother was crying and the childminder tried to
calm her concern for his distress by pointing out that the baby had just eaten
and it wasn’t lunch time yet, she indignantly retorted that, “He’s a baby,
babies can’t tell time!” This perceived failure to provide proper care to her
helpless sibling was duly reported to their parents at pick-up time.
high school Audrey went directly to college, intent on becoming an elementary
education teacher. At the start of her sophomore year Audrey was able to secure
a work study position in the 3-4 year old classroom of her campus’ child
development center, and realizing that she most loved working with infants,
toddlers, and preschoolers, she changed her major slightly, graduating with a
degree in Child & Family Studies. Audrey worked in the 3-4 year old
classroom until graduation, and after school secured a full-time position in
the center’s infant classroom.
realizing that while she loved working with the children, she also had a love
for the law, Audrey went back to school, this time for a post-baccalaureate
paralegal certificate. She found a position with a real estate and estate
planning and probate law firm. To connect her love of the law and her love of
working with children, Audrey served as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem during
this time, resigning with great regret only when it became clear that her
full-time 9-5 job was making it impractical for her to properly interview the
professionals involved in the cases she was assigned.
Audrey went back to school a second time, pursuing her law degree, she decided
to focus heavily on family law. She took domestic relations and advanced
domestics relations courses and a children and the law seminar, participated in
family-law focused internships, including an internship with Charleston County
Family Court Judge The Honorable Paul W. Garfinkel, and began again serving as
a volunteer Guardian ad Litem.
takes pride in her prompt, thorough investigations and communication with the
parties and attorneys. She is available for local investigations, and is also
always happy to travel if necessary for the investigation.