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Dear Attorneys,

I am going through a divorce, and I agree with the guardian ad litem’s recommendation, but my soon-to-be-ex does not. I do not want to go to trial. Is there a way to resolve this without having the judge make the final call?


GAL Supporter

Dear GAL Supporter,

It’s great that you agree with the Guardian ad Litem’s recommendation. However, you can only reach an agreement if both parties are on board with it. Your lawyer may encourage the GAL to speak to opposing counsel to see if there is a chance of an agreement. Alternatively, you can see if the GAL will mediate between you and your partner to work toward a mutually agreeable final resolution. If neither of these options work, and if you have already exhausted Family Relations resources, your options may boil down to reaching a different agreement, or proceeding forward with trial. So long as the GAL will stand by his or her recommendation, then if you are still seeking that, you will likely be successful in your trial as the judge does give a lot of weight to a GAL’s recommendation.

Wolf & Shore Law Group is here to help you make your family law matters easier, not harder.  We are realistic and direct with our clients. We encourage potential clients to seek out a firm where they will feel comfortable and confident. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at

Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

*The situations represented in our Dear Attorneys column are entirely fictional and any resemblance to a specific case is unintentional. We cannot, and will not, offer legal advice to anyone who is not a client. However, if you do have questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney at your convenience.

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