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How long can a G.A.L. take to do their investigation?

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How long can a G.A.L. take to do their investigation?
Hello friend. My name is XXXXX XXXXX welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: (1) this is general information only, not legal advice, and, (2) there may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies.

There is no specific time limit for how long a Guardian Ad Litem has to finish up their investigation. However, the accepted and standard time is about 1-2 months, unless the Court has given the GAL a certain deadline.

However, if the GAL is taking an extra long time for no reason at all, a party in the case may bring a motion to compel the GAL to hurry up, in a non-standard motion such as Motion to Compel Completion of Guardian Ad Litem's Report to the Court, for example.

Then, the Court makes a subjective decision based on why it is taking the GAL so long to begin with, and can tell the GAL to hurry up. However, the party bringing this also risks getting into bad graces with the GAL, which is never good because even if the GAL is supposed to be 100% neutral, we all know that this is never true.

I hope this clarifies. Good luck.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

G.A.L. was appointed 1/25 and payments were arranged/payed on 2/4 so he could start. My husband and I met with him on 2/7 (This is for custody of his daughter). I am assuming the mother has not contacted/answered his calls. Is there anything we can do in that case?

Hello S,

Thank you for your follow up.

If it has been 3 months already and the GAL has not done anything, then one may wish to bring the aforementioned motion before the Court since this is more than enough time to do a study in most cases. However, there is a risk in alienating the GAL, so there is risk.

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