I also need to find out who is a good guardian ad litem who won't just give my ex 50% custody. He has alcohol and marijuana problems for many years.
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Look at the AVVO ratings. Also, the court appoints a GAL and so you do not get to choose who that may be.
Family Law Attorney
The GAL you may not be able to have input to. The county has a pool of GALs they have contracted. You get who you get, unless they will allow you to ask for a substitution. The statutes do not allow for substitution, but often if you ask they will go to the next person on the list. You will not be able to pick someone by name.
Agressive attorneys ???? It depends what you mean by agressive.
It will also matter how much you can afford. I have seen attorneys that litigate big time. But they can cost $10,000 - $20,000 for a few weeks work. Do you really need that level of agreesive ?
If you do then you may want to look for an attorney that is of the dirty dozen (i.e. American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys) They are very expensive but are worth looking at when the situation arrises. But again it depends what you mean by agreesive.
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Divorce / Separation Lawyer
Aggressive does not always mean successful. I've worked against many attorneys who filed motion after motion, acted out in court, etc., yet all that behavior did was drive up the client's fees. I suggest that you talk to an attorney who understands your goals and will take the smartest approach to achieve them.
To locate an attorney, you can check on this website. But you can also just do a google search for family attorneys in your area. You should find several local attorney's websites. You can then call a few that interest you and see if you feel comfortable with the match.
As for the guardian, in many counties they are appointed by the court. However, sometimes you can suggest someone that the court will choose. Your attorney can advise you on that. Good luck.
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