Saturday, October 13, 2018

Did the Guardian ad litem get it right - Former Meth Lab

Years ago we often ran pieces asking the reader for an opinion.

Well we want your opinion - Did the Guardian ad litem get it right? What would you do?

The parents are going through a divorce and the child ( who is three years old ) they share is with one parent ( primary ) most of the time. The other parent ( secondary ) has the child most weekends from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. One weekend a month the child goes for an over night to the parents( grandparents ) of the primary caregiver/ and the balance of the weekend the child stays with the primary parent. The parents for the most part get along despite the separation/ divorce.

The Guardian ad litem has met with both parents as well as the grandparents. These meetings have been at both the residences as well as at the office of the GAL. The child is allowed visitation according to the previous schedule mentioned above.

The secondary parent has voiced concern about when the child visits with the grandparents. The grandparents recently moved to a house that they were given. This house was a former meth lab and there has been no real rehabilitation to the building. The child has visited the grandparents at this house several times. It is reported by the secondary parent that the outside of the building is run down with junk in the yard. That there is a shed that is over flowing with garbage.

Is this a safe environment for a child to visit? Did the Guardian ad litem get this right?

MeGAL is working to bring about change to the broken Family Court system with a focus on Guardians ad litem. We encourage you to get involved to bring about change.

1 comment:

  1. Many GALs never leave their offices and fail to inspect the physical dwellings that a child will be spending time at; to see if child(ren) will be safe. If GALs are truly interested in acting in the best interest of children and willing to conduct any degree of true care; they would make inspections out side their offices. Moreover, both the State of Maine and the Maine Judicial Branch should also mandate un-announce physical inspections in the best interest of children and for the children's safety. The above case is just one of so many reason why GAL's need to do a much better job of protecting children's interests. GAL's have a nasty habit of looking the other way when allegations of drinking and drugs being brought to their attention and they refuse to investigate! There is a lot of room for improvement in GAL's expected conduct.