Maryland: Guardian ad Litems Held Accountable


Woo-hoo!!!! Congratulations! Let’s keep going, now.

Fox v. Wills Decision (Md. Court of Appeals, 2003):

http://www.leagle.com/decision/20032111822A2d1289_12091.xml/FOX%20v.%20WILLS

Parenting Abused Children: Hope, Healing & Insight

It seems like common sense that a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is held legally accountable for their actions, especially those that harm or endanger the child they are supposed to be representing. Sadly, this is rarely the case.

In my case, the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) has not only been biased but blatantly ignored the safety of my children. The GAL refused to gather information (police reports, doctor reports,  home visits, etc) , refused to question witnesses, ignored statements by the children and has come up with “evidence” based on her own ignorant conclusions. In a stunning case of logic, my GAL has declared that since my abusive ex-husband has a “house, a job, and a car” that he is no threat to me! My GAL’s reports are often late, have inaccuracies in them and at times she has simply failed to gather needed information (and went to court without it, even…

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