Alpharetta, GA asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia

Q: Is it required that guardian ad literm is to proved report to both parents of their recommendation in georgia?

Guardian ad litern told judge the parents did not have money for report however they both paid for court fees with money available

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Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: It is not required. If the report is not already drafted, it takes many hours to do that and will cost the parties probably an additional $5,000 at least. So they may have paid for the investigation, but the written report is more.

Gina Anne Smalley
Gina Anne Smalley
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • MARIETTA, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Yes and No. The rules require a Guardian ad Litem to sumibt a written report "unless otherwise directed by the appointing judge." Often, a good guardian will spend several hours on a written report, and they can be costly. If either side insists on a report, it will likely we required, but payment for the report will be required in advance.

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