I would have to agree to a point.... BUT. with this man's situation, he would stand a chance. Things are changing rapidly in the courts. The GAL is looking for the "best interest of the child". From what the poster has written, it doesnt look as if he is seeking change of custody *unless I missed something, in which case, I apologize*.... it looks as if he wants his fair and equal time with his daughter. I cant see a GAL arguing with that. You also might want to remember (as a Mother of a 13 year old myself) that these kids see us all as "dorks" and of course, we arent cool to hang with anymore. My son hangs out with his Dad, and we are all lucky that they have a great relationship... there are, however, some weekends that he decides to go to a friends house. BUT- I couldnt imagine him meeting my ex with rude behavior. So, in this case, there must be something wrong with the way the Mother is slanting this girls view of her Father. Which is WORNG on every level. If he can document, and remember, and fight for this... there could be court ordered counseling offered for his daughter. That could only help. Perhaps he can ask for "family" counseling. While the family is no longer in tact, they still have to deal with each other. I dont think it would be a bad idea, seeing as he needs to be in his childs life. Just my two cents. Blessings, Onyx
> I would be against getting a GAL involved. These people are
> notoriously mother-friendly and have a great way of downplaying
> the types of events you described. In most cases they are
> attorneys working on the side to make a few extra bucks.
> You need to get a QUALIFIED psychologist involved to evaluate
> both parties including the daughter. Do some research on
> professionals in your area and then petition the court for a
> psych eval. As I said before- you most likely will end up
> footing the bill for the whole thing.