Mr. Melendez began his interest in the law with an advocacy for children in the court room who were the victims of abuse and neglect by their parents or legal guardians. Today, after having gained his law degree and the many experiences of his career, Mr. Melendez continues to serve as a child advocate in the role of a court appointed Guardian Ad Litem or GAL. In this role, Mr. Melendez meets with the children, all interested parties as well as those who have the most contact with the children to develop a detailed report complete with recommendations which ultimately is submitted to the Court. The Goal of this role is to assist the Court in making the best decision to serve the best interest of the children. The order appointing a GAL can be made after request of either party, by agreement of the parties or by motion to the Court by either or both of the parties attorneys.