My question involves a child custody case from the State of: South Carolina
My question is what information I should provide to my GAL. My son and I met with her during my visitation week. I brought all the case documents and gave the GAL my side of the case. In a nutshell it is this: My son is 6years old and for kindergarten he went to a school in his father's district. For the years ahead he was to attend a great magnet school that has a waiting list a mile long but my son has a guaranteed spot. At the temporary hearing I was unrepresented and the judge ordered my son to go back to his present public school and I will only have bi-weekly visitation(big bummer). He has been in and out of my son's live but I've always encouraged visitation, there was no paternity test, his name is not on the birth certificate, no prior former order of support, I just tried to do the right thing without the courts but as soon as I let him go, he gets an attorney and asks for sole custody and child support...
During our meeting I got a good vibe from the GAL, like they could see exactly what the father is trying to do but I want to make sure I give the GAL everything needed so that hopefully this seemingly uphill battle might turn around, especially with school right around the corner. Oh and I do believe the op's attorney is stalling just so that my son will go ahead and start school. The temp hearing was May 8th, the order was not signed by the judge until on or around June 20th, the father has not met with the GAL and to my knowledge discovery hasnt started either (discovery is supposed to be a series of questions I'm supposed to answer under oath I think, and his attorney hasnt sent me anything) and school is starting August 22nd.
I have gathered articles about the school and the curriculum and photos of our family together. People I would like her to interview are the principal of the school who was aware of my intentions of enrolling him prior to the onset of this case, a past neighbor who knows I lived alone with my son, and my sister since we planned on having our children attend school together since our kids are so close. The GAL mentioned meeting with my nephew there to see how they interact. I have chosen these people because he is alleging that he has had my son in his custody since he was 2 years old and thus made all decisions and knew nothing of me considering another school. Which is all untrue. Should I provide any proof that I have just in case he tries to lie to the GAL too? Is there anything else I'm missing...other than an attorney of course. He's primarily been doing a lot of lying and mudslinging and I dont want to give off that I'm trying to do the same. Thanks for the help!