The other day I wrote about what a guardian ad litem’s investigation typically consists of, when parents are in engaged in custody litigation over their minor children. Today’s blog, focuses on what form the recommendation of the guardian ad litem takes and when one might expect to receive that recommendation.
Assume that the parties are in the middle of a divorce and cannot agree on the custody or placement of their minor children. They were court ordered to go to mediation, which they did, and were unable to reach an agreement. Following that, the court appointed a guardian ad litem to ultimately make recommendations to the court on the custody and placement of the minor children. The guardian ad litem has conducted an investigation and gone through many of the points detailed in my blog posted on 2/22/18. Several months have past, and now the parties are getting anxious as to (a) what the recommendation is and (b) when they might expect to hear something.
While there is no necessarily right or wrong way as to when the guardian ad litem should make their recommendation or in what form it should take, clearly, the litigants and their attorneys are anxious to know where the guardian ad litem is coming from, and the sooner the guardian ad litem can share their recommendations with the parties, the more time the parties will have to reflect on the recommendation and make a decision on whether they wish to continue with litigating the case, or discuss possible solutions to settle the case, based on the guardian ad litem’s recommendation.
If you have questions on custody litigation in the state of Wisconsin, or how guardian ad litems operate, including their duties and responsibilities, contact the experienced family lawyers at Karp & Iancu, S.C. today.
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