You should respond by being open, honest, and as cooperative as possible. GALs have a great deal of impact on many judges' decisions in family law matters.
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Mr. Majesky is right about the attitude you should display. Getting upset with the GAL merely over the scheduling of a conference is a bad strategy. Turn the matter over to your attorney and stay out of the process before you damage your image with the GAL and thus you and your child.
I agree with my colleagues. Take a deep breath. She offered to meet with you. Your attorney wasn't available. If she wants to meet via phone, take the opportunity. But, please be mindful of how your actions and statements might be perceived. You have a right to be passionate, but don't be a controlling micro-manager and try to dictate when and how an independent professional will meet with you.
And, follow your attorney's advice. If you don't trust your attorney, hire a different one. But, whatever you do, try to rely on the professionals who are there to help you. They know what is customary and how to manage the case.
Even experienced civil, criminal, and corporate attorneys frequently do not know to manage a family law case. You are in a different world. Rely on your guide.
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