Tips for making the best use of your Guardian ad Litem in your child custody case
If you are a party involved in a legal case where a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) has been appointed to represent the best interests of a child or an incapacitated adult, it’s important to provide the GAL with accurate and relevant information to assist them in their role. Here’s what you might need to provide to a GAL:
- Contact Information: Ensure the GAL has your current and accurate contact details, including phone number, email address, and mailing address.
- Personal Information: Provide details about yourself, including your full name, date of birth, and any other relevant personal information.
- Relationship History: Describe your relationship with the child or incapacitated adult, including your role as a parent, guardian, or caregiver.
- Custody Arrangements: Share information about the current custody arrangements, visitation schedules, and any court orders related to custody and visitation.
- Living Situation: Inform the GAL about your living conditions, the child’s living arrangements, and any potential changes or concerns related to the living environment.
- Educational and Medical Information: Share information about the child’s school, educational progress, medical history, and any special needs or accommodations required.
- Safety and Well-being: Address any concerns or information related to the child’s safety and well-being, including details about their physical and emotional health.
- Wishes and Preferences: If the child is of an age where they can express their wishes and preferences, share any insights into what the child wants or how they feel about the situation.
- Communication: Be open to communicating with the GAL and responding to their inquiries in a timely manner. This can help ensure that the GAL has accurate and up-to-date information.
- Legal Documentation: Provide any relevant legal documents, court orders, or motions that pertain to the case, including those related to custody, visitation, and guardianship.
- Reports and Assessments: If you have any reports, assessments, evaluations, or records that pertain to the child’s well-being, educational progress, or medical needs, consider sharing them with the GAL.
- Collaboration: Cooperate with the GAL and be willing to engage in discussions, interviews, or meetings as requested. Your willingness to collaborate can help the GAL gain a comprehensive understanding of the situation.
- Updates: Inform the GAL of any significant changes in circumstances, such as changes in living arrangements, employment, or personal situations.
- Concerns or Requests: If you have specific concerns, requests, or information that you believe is important for the GAL to know, communicate these clearly and respectfully.
Remember that the Guardian ad Litem’s primary focus is on the best interests of the child or incapacitated adult. Providing accurate and relevant information can help the GAL make informed recommendations to the court and ensure that the individual’s well-being is prioritized throughout the legal process. It’s important to approach your interactions with the GAL in a cooperative and constructive manner.
Contact Guardian ad Litem Michel Watson for a consultation on your child custody case today!