Re: Guardian ad litem, custody investigations...anyone have experience?

Re: Guardian ad litem, custody investigations...anyone have experience? Crystal_Blue_024: When my mom and ex-stepdad got divorced both of my little brothers had a gaurdian ad litem... She talked to the boys one-on-one, made visits to each parent's house, etc. All in all, it was very beneficial to have her through the custody battle...
Guardian ad litem, custody investigations...anyone have experience? tara: If this whole custody mess (see vent board) goes to court, there likely will be a guardian ad litem and all that jazz. Anyone been through this? I have no idea what to expect. (I mean -- I can read the GAL job description, but what does it REALLY mean? What are they looking for?)
 Re: Guardian ad litem, custody investigations...anyone have experience? tara: Thanks, Crystal.
Do you have any idea how this works when the current home of both parents is 1,000 miles away from the proposed home of the mother? Does the GAL base his/her findings on the current housing situation, or do they do a home study in that second state?
 Re: Guardian ad litem, custody investigations...anyone have experience? Crystal_Blue_024: That's a good question... My mom and her ex-husband lived in the same city, so it was easy for the GAL to visit both homes... Is the court appointing you a GAL or do you select one? I would just ask all the questions you have right up front... The GAL for my brothers was very cordial and worked with my mom through the whole process...
 Re: Guardian ad litem, custody investigations...anyone have experience? tara: [quote author=Crystal_Blue_024 link=topic=39046.msg425960#msg425960 date=1166635801">
That's a good question... My mom and her ex-husband lived in the same city, so it was easy for the GAL to visit both homes... Is the court appointing you a GAL or do you select one? I would just ask all the questions you have right up front... The GAL for my brothers was very cordial and worked with my mom through the whole process...
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From what I understand, the court here is going to first make them try mediation. (Him: "No, you can't take our daughter away." Her: "But I can't get a good job here." Him: "Did you try other cities within driving distance?" Her: "My family isn't in any of those cities." Him and Her: Expletives deleted.) If mediation doesn't work, I believe the court selects a GAL. Makes sense -- that way nobody has a feeling that the GAL is working for one parent or the other.

Should be interesting.