You should consult with an attorney right away. Every county is different. Some counties conduct custody studies through the county upon request. I am unsure if Kenosha is one of those. If not, there are very few private social workers who do them. At a custody trial, you will be able to present all of your evidence and the judges decides the case. However, the recommendation of the GAL is given great deference. It is very difficult to win a custody trial over the recommendation of a GAL without an attorney. I strongly suggest you retain the services of an experienced family law attorney.
A custody study consists of an experienced social worker completely investigating your case and making a recommendation to the court as to what is in the best interests for your children. The advantage to a custody study is that the social worker can testify at trial, while a Guardian ad Litem can not. while a Guardian ad Litem is granted deference by a Court, the judge is not obligated to follow his or her recommendation. My office offers free initial consultations and we can be reached at (414)225-0225.
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