The GAL may contact the family member. A GAL is permitted to speak to most anyone regarding a child, and will generally speak with lots of people. However, if you feel that the GAL isn't doing his/her job, it's critical that you hire an attorney to make sure your rights are protected and effectively represented, and to ensure that the GAL's report is as complete as possible. Good luck!
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The Guardian Ad Litem may contact whomever they deem appropriate. They do not have to contact the person but may.
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If you, or your attorney, believe that someone has relevant information that the court should hear before a custody decision is made, you simply subpoena the relative to court to give testimony at the trial.
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While the GAL should contact that person if you feel that strongly about it, they don't have to. Your remedy is to subpoena them and have them show up at court to testify in the final hearing.
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