My ex wife has had her way in court because she has a lawyer who knows the ins and outs. I have never been a “bad dad” in any way yet she wants to use her education and money to drag me through the mud out of jealousy of my current relationship. She is getting $750 in child support when I have a family of three and one on the way to support plus another child I pay $200 a month in support to. I have a salary of $3500 a month before taxes, retirement, health, etc.
It would be well worth your while to at least talk with a lawyer to get some advice. The GAL technically represents the children, not you. Further, your lawyer needs to talk to yo about your order and the facts. For instance, I would want o know if your support order(s) took into account your child from another relationship (you are entitled to request a deviation/reduction of your support in WA based upon a child form another relationship per RCW 26.19.075(e)].
Go talk to someone.
You haven't really provided enough information to be able to advise you. If a GAL is involved, that's probably by court order - so you have to weigh the consequences of not following a court order. You appear to have a complicated child support situation and may be over paying support. It's not clear where you are procedurally; is there a parenting plan modification underlying why you are in court now? Why is there a GAL? Is the GAL bill left over from a prior proceeding? An attorney could help you sort out these issues but it's not clear from your question what your goals are.
Unfortunately, maybe it would have been worth it to invest that money into an attorney before court. But that doesn't matter anymore because now you have to pay the GAL $700, which I assume is because there is a court order requiring you to.
If you hire an attorney it will likely be more than $700, and the attorney's first advice will be to tell you to follow the court order and pay the GAL fee. So it would seem that paying the GAL fee is inevitable. Failure of one party to pay the GAL fee is usually detrimental to that party's case.
If your county has subsidized GAL's for low-income you can ask to see if you qualify based on your family obligations.
You should at least consult with a local family law attorney before taking any action. Some offer a free consultation.
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