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Resolving Custody Issues As A Guardian Ad Litem/Parent Evaluator

Child custody issues are often the most contentious aspect of any divorce proceeding. When parents are unable to decide how best to raise their children, it may be necessary to seek the services of a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and parent evaluator (PE).

I am Washington-based attorney Darcia C. Tudor, founder of Eastside Mediation & Arbitration in Kirkland. I provide a wide range of services designed to help resolve difficult family issues and achieve lasting solutions.

Who Is Qualified To Serve As A Guardian ad Litem And/Or Parent Evaluator?

I serve as both a court-appointed GAL and PE in Western Washington. In these roles, I help when parents can't reach an agreement about how to best parent their children after divorce or legal separation.

Each county keeps a registry of qualified Guardians ad Litems who have completed the requisite training to be on their certified registry. Whereas a parenting evaluator is a mental health professional, often with specific training, experience and education relating to adult and child psychopathology, family systems, and child and adolescent development.

What Do GALs And PEs Do?

Both the PE and the GAL investigate the child's situation and circumstances, interview parents, teachers, care providers and others with personal knowledge of the family dynamics. They are then called upon to provide a report of their investigation and factual findings. However, a GAL actually attends court hearings and advocates for the child which a PE does not. A PE will evaluate the parental emotional deficits and parental capacity, and make recommendations for treatment to improve parental capacity and protect the children.

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For answers to your questions regarding GALs and PEs, call me at 206-547-3166 or complete an online contact form to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation.

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