I wrote this whole post out and somehow erased it by mistake, so here we go again.
Found out yesterday that our court appointed GAL has asked to be excused from our case because he will not have his report completed in time. NJ's attorney has approved of this, mine has not. Our temp hearing is next Monday.
Background, NH, s1 and s5, after NJ filed ex parte, we had hearing and judge gave NJ full decision making responsibility and custody. I am able to see children Sundays 10-4, and tues and thurs from 4 pm until her AA meetings are over. No over nights. I recieved exclusvie use of the marital home, but had to pay child support. I was hoping that the GAL would see through her smokescreen and make some big changes in our situation.
Here is the timeline of our interaction with GAL
3/29 Gal introduces himself and distributes docs and fee structure via email
4/2/12 I complete, sign, notarize and write check for my 75% of GAL fee
4/6/12 I inform my attorney and GAL that the residence where the NJ is living with the kids is completely inappropriate. I am gravely concerned enough to pay NJs 25% of the GAL fee to expedite the process
4/13/12 I reach out via email to GAL to introduce myself and make myself available ASAP
4/14/12 GAL responds that he is wating for docs and payment from NJ to begin his investigation
4/30/12 I reach out a 2nd time out of concern that the ball is not rolling yet. I offer to help expedite the proceedings any way I can
5/1/12 GAL responds that he has JUST recieved NJ docs and 25% of fee. Gives me dates to choose from to meet him for inital date, I choose 1st available
5/11/12 I meet GAL for initial interview. i express my concern that because of foot draggin by NJ, his report will not be completed in time. He tells me that he is 95% confident it will be.
5/30 NJ FINALLY meets with GAL for first time
6/11 my attorney informs me that the GAL has asked to be excused from the case.
Now, my fear is with no GAL report, there is nothing to convince the judge to change the status quo at our temp hearing, and this will continue. She will continue to have all of the control. Has anyone experienced this? Is this what I can expect.
I had a feeling that this was going to happen. That it was the NJ and her attorneys plan all along to drag their feet as long as possible. None of the references given to teh GAL ever heard from him, he never even met my children, and he never contacted me after my initial interview a month ago.
Just really bummed out right now as I did everything in my power to help the GAL expedite this.
thanks for letting me vent.