The GAL is independent and does not work for any of the parties in a custody/visitation case. They have the duty and power to do a thorough investigation to determine what is in the best interests of the children in the case. This includes doing home visits, school visits, obtaining school and medical records, interviewing the children, interviewing the parents, and interviewing any other individuals that the GAL believes have relevant information to the determination of custody/visitation. The GAL also has the right to put on evidence at the custody/visitation hearing.
It is in your best interests to cooperate with the GAL. If you do anything to make the GAL’s job more difficult, you will raise the GAL’s suspicions and likely hurt your chances of the GAL recommending you be awarded custody/visitation. Moreover, if you have nothing to hide, then you don’t stand to lose anything by being fully cooperative with the GAL. Even if there is information that is hurtful to your case, it is always better to be honest with the GAL rather than being caught in a lie.
It is also important to remember that the GAL’s job is to protect your children’s best interests, as opposed to your best interests. While the GAL may decide to recommend you receive custody/visitation, remember that they will never be your lawyer. They will always advocate on behalf of what is best for your children based on their investigation.
To learn more about GALs and how they may impact your case, call (571) 418-1985 or e-mail email@example.com to schedule a consultation.