What Information Does The Guardian Ad Litem Need?
Q: What does the GAL want to know about me and my children?
Generally, the GAL’s questionnaire will ask routine questions about your education and work history. The GAL will want to know if you have ever been arrested, convicted of a crime, and if you have had any problems with alcohol or drugs. The GAL will also want to know about your marriage and how and when the relationship soured.
The GAL will want to know if any of your children have special needs. They will usually ask how you disciplined the children prior to the separation. The GAL will want to know how your children perform in school and extra-curricular activities. The GAL will inquire how the childcare responsibilities were handled prior to the separation and what is the current division of childcare responsibilities.
When responding to each question it is most important to be truthful. Far better for you (or your attorney) to be forthright about any unpleasant detail, than for the GAL to hear about it from your former partner or discover it themselves. Keep in mind, that there are very few individuals that have lead unflawed lives – even the Judge and your GAL!
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