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Guardian ad Litems

Generally, if there is no agreement, the court will appoint a Guardian ad Litem to represent the best interests of the children. Depending on the issues, a Guardian ad Litem may perform a cursory or in-depth investigation. When dealing with Guardian ad Litems, it is always important to have the assistance of an experienced Child Custody Attorney. You should use your Child Custody Attorney to help you filter what is important and provide the Guardian ad Litem with what is actually helpful to the investigation. Overwhelming a Guardian ad Litem with too much information may dilute serious problems with more trivial ones.

Your Child Custody Attorney will help you organize all of the events, text messages, pictures, and documentation you have gathered in a way that is useful to the Guardian ad Litem and the court. Everything needs to be geared toward one of the best interest factors, which are codified at R.C. Section 3109.04(F)(1). They include relationships with parents and siblings, adjustment to home, school, and community, mental and physical health of everyone involved, and the parent more likely to follow court orders.