Q: How Does the Guardian Ad Litem Obtain the Information Needed to Make Recommendations to the Court?
The GAL must conduct a thorough investigation of all of the allegations each party has made and determine their validity and the impact of the allegations on the children. A GAL is in many ways “the eyes and ears” of the court. The GAL must review all documents available concerning the parents and the child which can have an impact on custody. It is routine for the GAL to have each party sign a release to obtain all medical files. This includes psychological files.
It is very common for a GAL to provide a questionnaire to each party at the beginning of their involvement. Complete each item as best as you can and then have your attorney review it before sending to the GAL.
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