Our divorce went final about 4 months ago. Each party agreed to settle outside of court. I was recently made aware though the divorce is final the Guardian Ad Litem has not been discharged from the case. The other party has unlimited financial resources but has recent criminal history (2016), grand theft, etc., stealing multiple times from homes and retail department stores. That said the Guardian Ad Litem seems to have a more favorable opinion of the other party. I was/have been dealing with a medical issue that involves cancer and therefore I was a limited participant during divorce proceedings. Thus, thus I believe the reason for the favorable opinion/bias stems from my inactivity. The Guardian Ad Litem was originally brought on the case because the other side made the divorce process extremely contentious. The other side is still paying the Guardian Ad Litem's fee. I was made aware that the Guardian Ad Litem had a bankruptcy in the recently. Coupled with the unlimited financial resources of the other party and the discovery of the bankruptcy history of the Guardian Ad Litem should there be reason for concern?
In many cases the party with the higher financial means ends up paying for services, such as a Guardian ad Litem. That alone does not create bias; neither does the bankruptcy of the GAL alone. If there are other activities or elements that concern you, you do have the right to bring those up to the judge. I hope you have been able to overcome your illness and are doing better.
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