The GAL for my case made her "verbal recommendations" last August. My daughter, whom I had sole custody of the 1st 9 years of her life I lost in her decision. A little history, I was dumb enough to sign a modification to let my daughter who is now 11 1/2 spend what we thought was 2 years in Colorado with her father just to spend a little more time with him. I was trying to be a good parent and give my daughter the time i felt she needed with him. I was trying to be generous. I'm in Indiana. Well, the paperwork was not in my favor (his lawyer was there, I didn't have one) and I got screwed. 2 years came and went and he decided to keep her.
Anyway, since the GAL's "verbal recommendation" her father and his wife have systematically tried to erase me from my daughters life, which is exactly what I told her they would do if she let my daughter return to Colorado. I had plenty of opportunity to file various contempt charges on him but my ex-attorney (fired her yesterday) said we can't because there is no "official" order filed with the courts of Allen County, Indiana.
My question is: How the hell can this GAL take advantage of this and keep dragging this out? She totally screwed up this case and believes only my daugher's father. He is mentally abusing my daughter and of course it is only hearsay so I can't prove it. He went as far as banning my daughter from the mailboxes because she sneaked a letter to me in her neighbors mailbox in Colorado. She wants to come home. Her grades went from A's and B's to mostly C-'s. She depressed and has a negative self-image. This GAL is just covering her *ss and letting him get away with this. She actually took less than 2 weeks to decide my case and even admitted she didn't have enough time but sent her to Colorado because she had good grades....huh??? I just don't get it.
What can I do (and my new attorney when I hire one) to "make her" file with the courts? I have no visitation listed with my daughter. I have to just take it and watch my daughter suffer and struggle. My eldest daughter (not his) is depressed and misses her sissy whom she was raised with for the 1st 9 years; she's 14.
Hope someone can give me some guidance. I'm sick of this legal system that can give power to a GAL who totally cluster-f'd my case. By the way, I was also dumb enough to sign a paper giving that GAL full authority on deciding where my kid should stay....we never seen a judge. Word of advice for anybody considering this: DON'T! You have no way out of it.
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