GAL Reform Bill Moves Forward

Parents say Judiciary Committee measure doesn't go far enough

The Legislature's Judiciary Committee has approved a bill proposing reforms for the state's guardian ad litem system that would give parents a greater say as to who would represent their children during custody proceedings, as well as new authority to request the removal of a GAL from a case.

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  • Jim Clark

    The net result of over-regulating and under-paying GALs will be to drive well-trained attorneys out of the business of protecting children. Only those dedicated to child protection regardless of cost or the inexperienced or hungry attorneys will be left. That‘s what has happened in criminal GAL appointments, where the fees are ridiculously low, and unchanged since 2008.
    I wonder how many of the complaints the legislature heard came from BOTH parties to a dissolution? Is the legislature going to rush into this "reform" based upon testimony mostly of people who just didn‘t like the result?
    Maybe this should be tabled, and the Office of Legislative Research should look into it.

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