Guardian ad Litem
No consistent legal term exists for this person who may be appointed to your case.
GALS. Guardian ad Litems (GALs) who are lawyers are supposed to advocate for the children, who, by the way, don't have any money? Guess who loses.
In general, a GAL is to act as a person who has legal authority and the corresponding duty to care for someone under their charge. Children under the age of 18 are eligible to be wards of a GAL. And, "Yes," the court can order the Father to pay without his consent.
Not-withstanding the fact that a ward may be a rebellious 13-year old, the guardian ad litem is supposed to represent this wards best interests upon interviews with the custodial parent and may--but does not have to--consult the child herself.
In our case, two have been assigned. The first withdrew because she was not getting paid. The second has not taken the time to be involved with either parent, much less the children. One has to wonder how a disinterested party can be the legal guardian of someone who they don't know and don't care to know.
Therefore, I have come to the following conclusion: In Family Court, the concept of GAL is brought up, in nearly every case, in order to appoint someone to recieve the parent's money; usually the Fathers. In their most unobtrusive form, GALs are Interlopers.
If you believe that you and your ex are remotely capable of making reasonable decisions about the care of your children then you should reject every motion for GALs and object to every proposition by the opposition to appoint these remoras of the court system.