1) My former spouse hired a lawyer and launched a petition for modification.
2) A temporary parenting plan was ordered by the court.
3) New information arose about my former spouse's recent comittal to a treatment facility for alcohol, anxiety, and depression.
4) The court felt the situation was concerning and ordered my former spouse to submit the motion for a GAL and to pay the retainer.
5) The lawyer for my former spouse withdrew (...presumably because my former spouse could not afford his continued representation AND retain a GAL).
>>>>>>>>>> Can my former spouse and I decide to meet in mediation and agree on a FINAL parenting plan/child support (bypassing the need for a GAL or further court)? ...or does the order lock us into a GAL?
If you both sign off, you can make a motion to have the judge sign it. I suggest having her therapist write a note stating she agrees with the plan. It's up to the judge to waive the GAL requirement. The judge will likely want proof that she's ready and able to do the parenting provided.
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