GAL's are not judges and they do not make decisions, Judge's make decisions. Paternal Grandparents are not legally able to obtain custody over a natural parent unless their are 4 very specific conditions that exist. Natural parents are preferred custodians. The other factors involved in a relocation determination in custody issues. It is possible that the GAL feels that the child's support system is where the father is at, even if he has a criminal record. You need to consult a local family law attorney in your area to get further assistance, or consult a second attorney if you already have an attorney to get a fresh perspective. Two heads are better than one in this case. Good luck.
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