Given this reality, cases involving minor children will often be assigned a third attorney known as a Guardian Ad Litem or GAL. This attorney owes you no such confidentiality as your own lawyer and will have sway with the judge varying from courtroom to courtroom. Communication and anything shared with the GAL should be strictly governed by your attorney.
GALs can assess parents for issues regarding the children’s school structure, medical care, home situation even down to how many children share a room. Ideally children will meet frequently with a GAL during a case, however each encounter will result in billing typically divided to both parties and ordered by the court. In light of this reality, communication with a GAL mirrors that of communication with your own attorney-be efficient and timely and relay shared exchanges back to your own lawyer in writing so everyone is on the same page.
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