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Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.My apologies but being friends in the industry is quite common. That is not a conflict of interest. What would be a potential conflict is if Attorney A, for example, ever represented any of the parents even in potentially unrelated matters. But being friends with the judge is not really a concern. If the parent feels that the G.A.L. is not doing his job, the other parents can file a motion via the attorneys to have the courts evaluate whether or not the G.A.L. is performing his obligations. The GAL's job is not just to listen to the children but to make the best decision in their best interest. As an example, say children want to live with one parent over the other but that parent is far more 'unfit' in the eyes of the court. The GAL does not have to file a motion to seek custody with the preferred choice, the GAL has to make a decision based on their own best interest. He has to listen to them but he still has to make a decision based on what he perceives to be as best for their future and development.Good luck.