My ex's attorney requested a guardian ad litem be appointed to our case, not the judge. My question is, can I request that he be responsible for all the fees associated the the GAL since he requested it and not the court. I cannot afford this additional fee on top of my attorney fees and what limited income I have.
You can request the judge apportion fees according to your income. Make sure your attorney enters the income properly, you can find out how to do this by reading up on the rules of evidence and procedure for your state, and the local court.
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You need to immediately discuss this isssue with YOUR attorney. Only he/she has all the facts and backgound on your case and the judge's inclinations. A judge has the right to apportion GAL fees in their discretion which can be based on the facts and arguments presented on your behalf. Avvo attorneys attempt to provide general suggestions without the benefit of representing you or knowing the facts and background of the case--consult with and work your attorney.
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