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Generally the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL), (which is the attorney assigned to represent the child in court) is NOT present during Mediation proceedings. This is because the Mediation is NOT binding on the parties. It is a process where the mediator tries to get the parents to come to an agreement to resolve the Custody and other issues. If either party disagrees with the results or recommendations of the mediation than they do not have to adhere to them.
Also most importantly the discussions of the Mediation are supposed to be confidential and are not supposed to be reported to the Court. Having the GAL in the process risks that confidentiality.
Consequently, the Mediators do not want the GAL involved in the process.
This law review article addresses this issue in detail:
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