If a Guardian ad litem has been appointed in your custody case, things are definitely going to be a whole lot trickier. Whether you’re representing yourself or have an attorney representing you in your upcoming custody case, you’re going to have to be sure that you’re prepared to think critically, be strategic, and avoid some of the most common mistakes we often see. (Spoiler alert: You can’t tell the GAL everything you think you can!)
At the end of the case, when you go in front of the judge, the Guardian ad litem is going to make a recommendation to the court about whether you or your child’s father should have custody. In most courts in the Commonwealth, the Guardian’s opinions are relied upon very heavily. Whether you love or hate your GAL (and, let’s face it, you probably hate your GAL), it doesn’t really matter—he or she is someone who will have a tremendous amount of impact on your case.
Chances are, you won’t be able to remove the Guardian ad litem—no matter how bad you think he or she is. So the best thing you can do to protect your children and ensure a good result in your case is to figure out how to work with the Guardian ad litem, rather than against him or her.
Listen. Be respectful and polite. Think before you speak or react. And download a copy of our free report “Beware the GAL” for 5 more critical tips and tricks for dealing with a Guardian ad litem in your custody case.
Your free copy of our report will be delivered to you immediately in a downloadable e-format, so that you can begin reading and learning about what to expect right away. If you’ve got a custody case pending, don’t wait—get the information you need TODAY, before you make any mistakes with the Guardian ad litem. In our experience, they’re some of the most costly mistakes you can make. Fill out this form to request a copy now!