More Family Law Reforms In Works, Legislators Say

A bill that reforms many elements of the state's guardian ad litem system now awaits the signature of Gov. Dannel Malloy. If he signs it, no one will be particularly happy.

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  • court observer

    This may be a case of the outcome having serious flaws for the advocates of change. To be specific:
    A list of 15 GALs may result in parties choosing the cheapest, without understanding that a good GAL can help a family while an inexperienced one can cause serious harm and increased legal fees.
    Going back to court to petition for a GALs removal costs money and time and there is often one party who does not like the GAL.
    If a GAL may not speak about their contact with mental health professionals, the mental health professionals must be paid for their time in court too.
    While noting the specific nature of a GAL‘s work is a good idea, it will also cause more court time as expanding the role as new issues come up will necessitate a return to court.

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