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jojobear

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MEETING WITH GAL
« on: Jan 14, 2005, 09:35:33 PM »
I have my first visit with GAL on January 31st.  I do not know what to expect.  

Already, I have done some research on her(GAL)...and she represents a lot of gays and lesbians.  Which I am assuming the Christian home that we have is not going to mean anything to her  (sorry if I have offended anyone....I'm being stereotypical and I should not be).  

But, what should I expect on the first visit?  I have heard that I should send the GAL emails that are supporting my case....and any information that I have.  (I am the Residental parent and my ex is filing for custody).  

Do I send these things before I see her, or do I wait until afterwards...or do I send them at all?  What should I expect at the first visit with the GAL.?

I have 2 boys, age 12 and 10.  They both live with me and my wife.  I have had custody for 5 years (since my x walked out in 1999)  I have no experience with a GAL and I do not know what to expect.  Just looking for a little bit of advice.  

The first thing she wants is 1-3 people she can contact concerning my (and my wife??) parenting styles.  I am assuming that after that she will want to interview people about how the kids are doing..and not just my/our parenting styles.  But again, I have no experience...so I do not know what is going on.

My lawyer has not contacted me since I asked him these very questions and we are in the process of trying to find a new attorney.  But everyone that is in our local area will not travel the distance to where the court is held....and our finances will not let us just get "anyone".  

I hate this whole thing.  I know that the boys' best interest is with me .....and I don't know what the BM is trying to prove...but it is putting everyone through turmoil.
Please help if you can.


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« Reply #1 on: Jan 14, 2005, 10:58:05 PM »
I wouldn't send anything unless asked, I would have anything on hand at your meeting you may want to offer.

DH had a bad experience with the GAL assigned on his case. She basically didn't want the truth and 99% of the report she filed with the court was "fabricated". As someone else told you....trust noone. In Ohio the GAL is basically free from any liability in their testimony and reporting on your case. Unless you can prove through recordings, audio or video they can say or report anything they want....been there done that.  Be cooperative, I would not bring up your ex unless she asks a specific question, be direct, brief and do not speak negatively about the ex. By the way, I am stepmother and GAL never spoke to me nor met me outside of the home visit of which she spent 20 min in our home. She never spoke to stepsiblings, she never observed any interaction of stepson with other children. She never contacted Pediatrician in regards to medical issues, she never contacted anyone provided to her for contact. Yet in her report she stated she had a long conversation with stepmother and spoke with stepchildren. She informed stepson on initial visit that what he wanted would NEVER happen. She basically did nothing she should have done. Afterwards DH's attorney had words with her....we don't know what transpired there, what we do know...we never got a BILL. Her billing was also fabricated showing meetings and visits that never happened.

Where in Ohio are you and what county is case being heard in?

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« Reply #2 on: Jan 14, 2005, 11:53:01 PM »
we are in Southern Ohio (Ross County) but the court is being held in Hardin County.  I was wondering what role my wife would play in this.  To be very honest, she has taken on the role of mother in this house.   I have 2 BS and 2 SS and 1 SD.  We have custody of all 5 of the kids...and for 5 years they have all lived in this house.  When our youngest (my SD) found out about the upcoming custody case after we had a family meeting..she cried and cried.  She is still so unsure about our living conditions that she is constantly telling everyone she loves them and that she would miss them if they were gone.  (Even her own biological siblings. ) This is such a horrible time.  My sons do want to move in with their mother, they have told me that.  The oldest has retracted his statement when he found out how strongly I was against it..but the youngest is still smitten. He says that at Mom's house he doesn't have to do his homework and can stay up as late as he wants...and even though he does "bad things"....Mom doesn't care!  (exact words)  


Was the verdict in your favor?


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RE: MEETING WITH GAL
« Reply #3 on: Jan 16, 2005, 01:54:53 AM »
The verdict was NO CHANGE, the 50/50 Shared/ALL EQUAL parenting agreement stands. SS wanted to live primarily with father, mother was attempting to gain sole custody/primary physical placement. Her goal was to gain "control" ,child support, and make good on her threat to prove she was "superior" over DH. It's very unfortunate that ss had to go through all of this and today is very bitter with his mother.

I am bio mother of 5 which I have sole custody of, but my ex and I have a civil relationship and I have always allowed him an open door for visitation. In 9 yrs since our divorce we have never been back to court.

I hope for your family's sake that staus quo will stand. It's very difficult to say or predict what the court will decide. Your ex should have the burden of proof for a "substantial change in circumstance" that would warrant a change in custody for "the best intrests of the children". Ohio does not have a law that allows children to choose. The judge may speak to children in chambers, attorney's from both sides my be present and possibly GAL.

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« Reply #5 on: Feb 06, 2005, 09:30:27 PM »
My kids met with the GAL this weekend.  They were with their BM and they told the kids that what would happen would be that they would spend more time with their mother in the summer.  Course when I met with her this last past week by myself she told me that she could lie to me, to the kids, to anyone and that was fine.  I figure she was just lying to my boys to get their reaction.  I knew by my boys response...that they had told her that they wanted to live with their BM.  *heart break*  
The kids go back on the 14th with us to meet with the GAL.  So far, (it has been a week) the GAL has not contacted any of the references that we have given her.  She did not return our call when we tried calling last Wednesday.  I'm just up at arms and feeling very helpless.

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« Reply #6 on: Feb 06, 2005, 09:41:45 PM »
Why would your kids be meeting with a GAL rep? I am sorry I don't know the full situation.

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« Reply #7 on: Feb 06, 2005, 10:09:12 PM »
custody fight.  The BM of my boys is trying to get custody of them. After her walking out 5 years ago, and not seeing anything of her besides the every other weekend visits....she now wants custody.  She has promised my boys all these outlandish things and has bought them more items in the past 6 months then what she did for the past 5 years combined.  I don't know why her reasonings..but I do know that she is asking for child support and tax exemptions for the boys.  She gives $51.00 weekly in child support but stated on the custody papers that she wants FULL child support.  I don't know.  All I know is that my boys are torn.  She is not a bad parent, but she does not have good judgement...and they will be in harms way if they go there.  But that is where they say they want to be.  It is not because of a lack of love here....but because they can do more things there....and get more things....but one day...the promises will end....or will never come true.  

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« Reply #8 on: Feb 07, 2005, 02:24:25 AM »
There were two  GAL's In My case the first one was a Attorney , This one was very to the facts , And did very little actually , And It seems to Me that there is actually very little for them to do except for them to determine , Wether or not you are some  sicko or something , thats a very basic statement becuase I don't wan't to go at length about the first GAL , And . Will conclude that the first GAL basically reported that I was reguarded ,By My three witnesses, As a normal productive member of society , And that the mother [Custodial] Had Many allegations, and there was no proof , And there should be visits
   Now the scary part , The above post Is unfortunatley very true In My case also , The second  GAL was and Is a hated fruitcake in this area , Except that the court  doesn't know it , And I will repeat the warnings of the above response , Because it didn't seem to matter to iether   GAL Any way , But in the case of a bad GAl Do Not engage in a bunch of shit , Do not Try to Do a bunch of crap talk bad or , ANY thing about the other parent unless you have proof !! Got that ! , because these GAL's can and will say virtually any thing they want , And yes You have to realise absolutely ,The GAL Is only part of the case , And Yes In My case the GAL  report made some difference , But The Judge still listens to the GAl , And there are some things that You Need to understand that You can do or not do,,, But always Remmember this as I will NEVER FORGET !! The GAL does not have to report by the rules of evidence as required By the court , And the GAl Report is admitted as a part of facts pertaining to the case , If you don't get it read on , The GAL can OPINE , As to whose fault every problem Is, and that If you give the GAL  a bunch of info , a real psycho/ sicko can  twist up and turn it all aroung on You !! IT HAPPENED TO ME !!! . SO iT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU TAKE THE HIGH ROAD ON THESE iSSUES  , And the high road is . Be a good parent , And do not engage the other parent or let her games piss you off . The other high road is , DO NOT , Assume that the GAL will do any sort of a good or qualified job , Or actually get  the facts  straight , And that Includes facts that you know are not as they could be reported , [Example )  I talked to the GAl About My son saying that Single Moms are Bad , , I told the GAL I had evicted a single mom tenant from a rental , And that My son heard part of My communications on the phone , And that He may think he heard that but,I have a letter from  woman from the rental agency that was doing the eviction and she  knows absolutely that I did not say Single moms are Bad , Because the woman from the rental agency was a single mom and put into writing that She Knows I did not say that single moms are bad because she would have been offended , , The GAL  said 'she did not need the letter ', , And I thought the issue was over , ,,, And , Mind you, there were other things I did engauge , and other minor things that Probably don't mean much , BUT!!! the GAL wrote that She believed that I was the root of many problems In this , And used the Issue of My son saying that single moms were bad Against me , And she even turned the words around And said that I admitted it. Soo There is the high road theory , Don't admit any stupid thing , But best of all for Now do Not say any thing to the Kids about this , The GAL May talk to the kids , It would be better if they had absolutely nothing to say about the case  < because . Again the high road theory is , Don't give any one Any chance to turn any information around on You , So Conclusevely , With out over doing it , Say good things about Mom In front of the Kids , You DO Not want the kids to say you talk bad about the Mom , This looks very bad , I am honest, and a few things have slipped from My mouth that should not have , And no matter what you think you May accomplish , this does actually no good for the kids , My son hates it , And his mother has kept it up for some time , And he finally told her To Shut up , I told Him he could tell her He doesn't like it  when she talks bad about me, Because He tells me how he doesn't like it ,when His mom talks bad about me , I could speak volumes about this , But I will continue .
   The ABSOLUTEY Hardest thing to do is Just Be a good involved parent , , Heres why,
    At trial virtually no one was asked to testify because the other parent was a bad parent ,  All testimony Was about how good of a parent I am , And from her part the same , There was no proof entered on anything , So what I am Getting too is this , Unless there is some legal proof , Or drug testing will reveal drug use or something I would take the high road and talk about what you do with your kids , And then talk about common conversational issues , Basically , I would  not go to the GAL with a list of Bullshit about the other parent , , Unless it is proveable , Also The GAL seems to be looking for very little , And really they are , They Can't really be looking for much because they Aren't always so smart ,They have a case load , And  Trust Me can't keep numerous cases straight , And what if they are sort of smart, and they see your efforts as a way to poisen the other parent's role in the life of the child , You have to remove your self , And say what would be best for the child , And that is that both parents cooperate , You want to be the cooperative one , And show good will to the other parent , That was another thing that came up In My case , the mother was very good at Making trouble and blaming Me , So , Thats why I say take the high road , And be the good parent , Don't give any one a bunch of shit to ponder , Twist Or lie about , I garuntee a good psycho can turn anything around on you and make it your fault that she is such a f-up, I doubt that if the kids say they want to go live with there mom that the court is going to just flip custody on that Issue , IF !! You show that the kids are and ,have been in a good stable environment , And you are a good parent , If there school record of attendance is good etc , You may have the defense of saying the mom is spoiling them etc , and luring them with toy's and candy , But just remmember , These cases are very common to the court , My case went on and Freeken on for four years , And I am telling you, I have been in the court MANY times and have attended mens groups , And sat in the court waiting for mY case and have heard many cases , And Just remmember there isn't much that one person can invent to tell the court that hasn't already been masterminded By more clever people than you and I put together , So I repeat , As I wish I would have listened to My atty , Who has basically told me every thing I have written , Or warned Me ,  Write this in your Fore head . ATTY SAID " Its better that you spend your time being and showing that you are a good parent " than it is to spend all your time trying to dicount the other parent " The court hears this all the time they are sick of it " They have many other things to do like criminal and murder cases etc" they really just want to know the kids are in a good place " So how are you showing that your place is the best " When you Are so buisy trying to make the other parent look bad " What Atty Said is , It starts to look like you are more concerned with the other parent than you are concerned with being a good parent to the kids "  
      This makes a lot of sense to Me After I have seen My trial go down , And I promise you all the BS engaugement I did to the mother of My son Did me no good , What did Me good was when I was on the witness stand and I said good things about myself and what I do with My son ,
    As a matter of fact the negative part that was brought out was that with the Friction Between us, that it would be difficult to foster a cooperative parenting situation , Again Be a good cooperative parent and let her say all the crappolla , but be very definet in your denial

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RE: MEETING WITH GAL
« Reply #9 on: Feb 07, 2005, 12:00:08 PM »
We've dealt with two different GALs in two different cases in two different counties in Ohio.  Based on our different interactions here is some advice.

1.  Don't volunteer any information more than the GAL asks for.  Remember the words "anything you say can and will be used against you"
2.  When giving the "references" the GAL wants go for a variety of sources.  We were asked to give 5.  We chose 1 relative, 1 friend, 1 neighbor, 1 school teacher, and spouse (both dh and I had/have cases)
3.  Remember that GALs have a tendancy to say what they believe the party wants to hear.  They also, in general, are only concerned about brokering a deal before it goes to court or they actually have to take a stand.  If you accept a deal make sure you can live with the terms you strike.
4.  If you don't like the reccomendation of the GAL there are prescendents in OH in which the GALs reccommendation can be thrown out for many things.  These go from heresay, to in our case the GAL promised in June of last year to be here for the home visit.  Now he says one is not needed.  If the reccommendation does not go our way we will appeal based on the fact that he was ordered by the court to investigate both homes and has not done one of our home.  

We have a meeting with the GAL two weeks from now.  This is his idea of an investigation.  He wants to meet my dh and his son at Bob Evans near his own home!  We had offered many suggestions for a compromise to him not visiting our home but this is what he wants to do.  He will not however meet just dh and son.  On the advice of our attorney the whole family will be here.  How can he judge the child's bonding to his stepbrothers and sister if he does not ever see them together.  We have other things we can and will use to throw out the GALs reccommendation if he chooses to say that ss should live with his 2 time felony, court-documented mentally ill mother and her parents over living with his non felon, non mentally ill father.  Our final hearing is at the end of this month (yeah I'll believe that when I see it).

Best of luck!
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« Reply #10 on: Feb 07, 2005, 02:03:17 PM »
I am still not getting why GAL is getting involved. Is she gay and is so what does that have to do with custody of your children. It should have absolutely NO bearing whatsoever...at least no legally. If it does then it breaks the very civil rights laws that organizations like this GAL fought to create in the first place.
I don't know the in's and outs of the situation, so if I  am being ignorant by suggesting this then please forgive me. Have you considered putting a 50-50 custody deal on the table? Let everyone involed know that you are MORE concerned with the childrens well being and happiness then anything else and that a 50-50 plan would take the children out of the middle. This might keep them from having to pick sides. It also might mke your ex a bit less aggressive. You could opt that witht he 50-50 custody no childsupport be paid, but rather each parent would be responsible for supporting the kids when they had their parenting time. Also you could alternate or share the tax exemptions. If you have two kids, you each get one, or one person get them one year, the other gets them the next.
I might be an idiot, but I believe that the 50-50 custody is the way to go. We as fathers have fought so hard to make things fair in this country that it is easy to want to more then our fair share to help make up for the time we have lost.  If we as fathers try to take custody away from the mothers without justification then we are no better then they are. Recently a lawyer told me that we could very well get me custody of my daughter and get her back to Indiana and as much as I wanted to say yes, I told him no because if I did that then i was as bad, if not worse then my ex wife.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that things work out in this situation for the best man. Good luck

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« Reply #11 on: Feb 07, 2005, 02:19:27 PM »
no one is gay....or atleast no one in this circumstance...lol  The GAL is involved because the BM of my boys wants custody.  She stated that the boys want to live with her.  So, the court ordered a GAL to speak with the boys.  To be their voice.  I believe it is a very good thing.  That way some of the pressure is taken off of them.  They are 12 and 11.  Too young too make these types of decisions as they can easily be swayed to either side, depending on the mood for the day and how the day went.  I don't know if 50/50 is even an option. We are 100 miles apart from BM.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

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« Reply #12 on: Feb 07, 2005, 08:53:32 PM »
Here in IN at 12 a child can choose where they live. I jsut don't understand why a court would order the GAL to talk to your kids. Are they planning to give them make overs or something? haha sorry a little humor sometimes can help.

As for the 50-50 deal, perhaps if it were mentions to the other party that distance could be bridged. At least if the offer was made it could show you are willing ot try to work things out. A court might even look disfavorably upon the ex if she was not willing to try to move closer to make that a possibility. Could show the court that she does not have the best intersts of the kids at heart. Could be worth a shot.

Whatever happens try to keep your children in mind. Whatever they decide they want do your best, no matter how much you might think that it is the wrong thing to do, support them. It will mean a lot to them and they will thank you for it.

In my life I have screwed up a heck of a lot. Made some pretty bad choices and Iam paying the price for some of those now, but my parents regardless of whether or not they agreed with me always supported me. Looking back now I can only imagine how difficult some of my decisions where for them but still they supported me. I have tried very hard to do this for my own daughter, and it is paying off. I only get to see my daughter 14% of the year, but I have 50% of her love. Our relationship in many ways is stronger then that she shares with her mom because of the things I have done for her...like putting her first. Something my ex wife and many parents often forget to do.

Hang in there and I'll keep rooting for ya. By the way I want to see the makeover before and after pictures when GAL gets down with your kids ok? haha

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« Reply #13 on: Feb 09, 2005, 02:00:11 AM »
GAL's are a total joke....

Do they have experience with children.... nope

Do they have children.. nope

informed... nope


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« Reply #14 on: Feb 15, 2005, 01:55:13 AM »
Our experience with a GAL is don't trust them.  Don't give them anymore than they ask for.  Be open in answering questions, but never, ever trust.

We had one who had been touted as good and ended up becoming our worst nightmare.  His name is Michael R. Schoonover (Advocates Investigations in Everett, WA) in Snohomish County, WA.  I would suggest if anyone has him to get him off your cases asap.  THe man lies, cheats, and will do whatever he can to get his way.  He is rude, vindictive, and is also a former deadbeat dad himself.  Additionally, he overcharges for services he doesn't deliver.  He's one evil man who does not act in the best interests of children.

Be careful!



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Could not agree more!!!!
« Reply #15 on: Feb 15, 2005, 04:34:35 PM »
I had a very, so called "qualified" Evaluator. Every word was twisted. And overcharged. Did little to see the facts, even when slapped in the face with them. All a game about money.

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« Reply #16 on: Feb 15, 2005, 07:52:55 PM »
My boys had their second visit with the GAL today.  She told the oldest that she had reached her decision and then told him...but told him not to tell his parents.   THIS BURNS ME UP!  What the hec kind of games is that?  Does she not know that...that is emotional abuse for a child to have to keep something in without telling anyone.  Isn't that fostering a non-productive "secretive" relationship between parent/child?  This is crazy!  No better then when their BM told them that she had filled out the papers to get custody of them...but not to tell me because I would hate them.  The very next day my 12 year old had fever blisters from his nerves and started having bowel movements in his pants.  Now who the hec has the best interest of the children in mind?  Surely not anyone I have mentioned so far in this post.  We got a call from our attorney a few minutes ago.  He said that he had talked to the GAL and she says that the boys have a strong desire to move with their BM.  But that is not enough for her to get custody.  But from what I have been reading on here and on other websites.....it might just be.  The boys are 12 & 11.  And we have found out rather quickly that they can be bought...cause BM sure has done a fine job of it recently.
I'm just at my wits end.  We have our first court date on Thursday.
I'll keep everyone posted.

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told ya !
« Reply #17 on: Feb 16, 2005, 12:16:55 PM »
Told Ya to watch out re read My post , Just because they are a GAL for the court , in no way makes them a professional , The problem Is If this does not come out  In your favor there will be very little that you can do ,

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This could be considered unethical...
« Reply #18 on: Feb 16, 2005, 12:49:02 PM »
It should not be her place to tell the kids. I think it is unethical.

I ended up filing a complaint with the State Board on the person I got stuck with...

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« Reply #19 on: Feb 16, 2005, 07:39:38 PM »
there is numerous complaints about the GAL I Had, Her name Is Suzanne Dirks , She works out of Pierce county washington , It should be documented that there are a number of people against her in this area , Unfortunatley the presideing judge for the GAL system here doesn't seem to care , The woman Is a disgrace to Guardian ad Litem's And She literally fabricated information in My case

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« Reply #20 on: Feb 16, 2005, 08:03:07 PM »
Just found out today that the GAL told our 12 year old that she was going to tell the judge that she had not reached a decision yet....that way the boys can remain here for the remaining of the school year.  But for our son not to tell anyone.  I'm sorry, but this is just not right!  We will read the report tomorrow at our hearing.  I'll write tomorrow with an update.
Thanks for everyone that has wrote.

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« Reply #21 on: Feb 16, 2005, 08:28:04 PM »
So sorry Jojo, as I had told you in an earlier post of our experience with a GAL in here in Cleveland.  I did more research on her....Susan B. Weaver, seems she was instrumental in setting the guidelines for GAL's here in the Cuyahoga County Court System, in my gut, I know she had influenced the court appointed psych and the court appointed forensic psych, as ALL reports were fabricated with very little truth and very much TWISTED to the perspective they chose to show. Regardless, none were able to state that placement with mother would be recommended, therefore placement remained the same! It was still sickening to go through all that we went through, even worse what they put child through.  This GAL upon her first meeting with child told him. "You will not be living with your father so forget about it." There was one other meeting where she was just as harsh with the child. Her final recommendation in her report was appalling....it stated "if these parents cannot work together than I would suggest the child go to BOARDING school" ....believe that????

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« Reply #22 on: Feb 16, 2005, 09:27:01 PM »
If these GAL people are simply court appointed regular citizens that are suppose to be impartial then I jsut have to beg the question...what do they get out of this? After contemplating this thought for a long time I have concluded...nothing. I believe this might be someway for the people who colunteer for theis GAL thing to exercise their power trips. I have seen a lot of differnet people just like this GAL person of whom you speak.
If this person is suppsoe to be impartial then it might be in your best interets to inquire about her history of referals. Unless she has a 50-50 record she's not impartial AND in not being impartial or biased your lawyer might be able to argue with the courts that she was not a proper representitve and showed obvious biases. In essence get her tesimony thrown out of court if it doesn't go your way.
Also you have got to let us know what happens, and give us some contact information for this lady. I for one would like to tell this impartial volunteer that she is anything but what she claims and I for one hope to put people like her out of work.

My best wishes are with you

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RE: This could be considered unethical...
« Reply #24 on: Feb 17, 2005, 03:35:29 AM »
I'm not sure if you are responding and talking about Dirks are you .
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« Reply #25 on: Feb 17, 2005, 03:56:22 AM »
The GAL pulled many things like this in My case , As things strung out , the mother pulled more and more shit , Because she knew, and you now know the Stakes are high and bids are very close , I can say
   Don't react to any thing the mom does , If this GAl is  like MY  first one it wouldn't be so muddled , BUT the second GAL in My case was a similar wierdo  as yours ,  Take it for what it is , You said it . She is saying shit to the kids and its unethical , The stakes are high , I have a gut feeling for your situation becuase what you say about the GAL parrelels My  GAL , And the Prolonging , It seems to me looking back is an Opportunity for the GAl to see who Screws up , DON"T be the one . It seems to me  trying to say things about the other parent even if it is true Is  dangerous because they can see this as thwarting , I hope you have a decent atty , If you have any thing you need to say to the GAL ask your atty first , trust me , theres a ton of stuff that doesn't matter . Also when this happened in My case its like the mother baited me .  then exaggerated small events , I reacted , and she  did a very good job of playing the Martyr , And Blaming me , I Think My two cents to you is Take the High road , and just be a very good and cooperative parent and Martyr. YOU ARE NOW MR PERFECT !! . I really think the high road is the way too go , Let Mom be the one too initiate some Bullshit , And DO NOT REACT TO IT  ,!!!
   This is just My opinion , But I made mistakes during this prolonging Part . My case got prolonged of 1 Year , the kids are in your custody and thats good ,Let it be prolonged , And never forget ,  As Much as you can Let this be good times . It is soooo hard to have good times with the kids during this kind of ordeal , But Think about it , The best you can do right now is be a good parent and show that the kids are adjusted to a good home , And not a vendictive parent that is trying to thwart the other parent , I would Offer Mom some extra time (MR MARTYR) MAKE HEr HAPPY and don't do anything to interfere with her relationship to the kids, If any one pulls some crap let it be her !!!!AGAIN this is My gut feeling , At least give this post some thought  

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RE: This could be considered unethical...
« Reply #26 on: Feb 17, 2005, 11:37:47 AM »
No, just mine was very bias when I walked in the door. And the twisted shit was unbeleiveable.

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RE: This could be considered unethical...
« Reply #27 on: Feb 21, 2005, 10:19:00 PM »
I am writing tonight as the wife.   I was told to pretty much "shut up" at our attorney's desk.  Not only did the Guardian Ad Litem show bias to the mother...but so did our lawyer.   My husband who has posted on this account is giving up and i am left to fight.   This is ludicrious.  The court system beats parents down to there is nothing left.  This whole custody battle has taken such a toll on our whole family.  Not just the 2 children that would be leaving.  Tis funny that they can not walk down the street without asking but they can make the decision of who they want to live with.....without consulting anyone.  This is a travesty.  And at 12 & 11 they are so easily persuaded.  The GAL recommended that they live with their Mother and be with their Father every weekend.  With no adjustment or change to this agreement until they graduate.  Funny that they are both boys and that ALL Fall sports are on the weekend....and that all weekends are going to be spent over 100 miles away.  So, the boys think they are making the decision..but the decision means that it is going to effect them for 5 years and that they will NEVER be able to play high school sports.   But they can not look that far in the future cause all they can see is right now.  Who has the best interest in mind?  Defintly not the GAL!!!  But who are we to speak.  Even our own lawyer told me to be quiet...the stepmother.  Cause I ask too many questions.  And I told him that if I were an adoptive Mother and I was asking questions...he would not say anything.   For the past 5 years the biological Mother has had NOTHING to do with these boys......and I have a right to ask questions..............I have the right cause no ONE else was there to kiss boo-boos' or to rock away the hurts....but dag gone...ya get me in a legal situation and I have no place...cause I am nothing biological.  I didn't speak during the hearing, waited until it was just the lawyer and the biological dad and myself...but who the hec cares......I am nothing biological.  I am nothing.   I love these boys as my own....but I do not matter.  I know them better then anyone..but i do not matter.   And now, it is up to them, and they are torn.  Cause they do not know better themselves.  Easily bought....that is what 12 & 11 year olds are.  And if we can promise a 4-wheeler...then that is where they want to be.  This whole thing is a joke...and the court system lets it go on.   What a freakin waste.   We can fight, but it will take over $10,000.00 to even fight it.
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RE: This could be considered unethical...
« Reply #28 on: Feb 21, 2005, 11:48:09 PM »
It just makes me sick.

Eventually it is going to come to the point where they screw us SO far out of ever seeing our children that we won't be afraid of what they will do to us if we tell these courts, judges, and family law SOB's "NO" and walk out of the court room with our kids in tow. The last time the government of a country got so cocky....the FRENCH REVOLUTION came about. I know that sounds stupid and I am certainly not telling anyone to do anything stupid. It is jsut so frustrating hearing this over and over again. I wish we could all stand up to injustice like this...with a lot more POWER and a lot less fear that we will never ever seee our kids again if we don't kiss the courts butts.

Sometimes I wonder jsut how much more of this we are going to take before we all just SNAP and physically and forcefully take back our country from idiots like this.

I am sorry to hear about your loss. Such a battle take everything you have from you in more ways then one. Long ago I learned that I may never beat my ex wife in the court battles, but I could chronicle my battle for my daughter so that someday she would see what I did for her and how hard I fought for her, and then she'll see what little her mother has done....and justice will be mine. Until then I just try to put what focus I can on what little time I get to spend with her...and dream of the day when that will change.

Stay strong.....we are all here for you....that is what this place is founded on. WE KNOW YOUR PAIN.

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Re: RE: Still don't understand
« Reply #29 on: Oct 24, 2012, 09:39:22 AM »
NOTE: The person mentioned in this post, Michael R. Schoonover, has asked us to remove his name from this post. The SPARC Admin has declined to do so,and now it appears that Mr Schoonover is stalking the owners of SPARC. He has  requested our personal information and home address from the state, and he may also be involved in spoofing/spamming attacks on our email server.

Then, after years of no comments in this thread, a glowing review of Mr Schoonover miraculously popped up here recently, stating what a great guy he was.

Finally, we've noticed that ALL of the online reviews for his business, Advocate Services in Everett WA, have identical wording. If they were legitimate reviews by multiple people this would probably not be the case.

We advise using caution in dealing with this person.





Our experience with a GAL is don't trust them.  Don't give them anymore than they ask for.  Be open in answering questions, but never, ever trust.

We had one who had been touted as good and ended up becoming our worst nightmare.  His name is Michael R. Schoonover (Advocates Investigations in Everett, WA) in Snohomish County, WA.  I would suggest if anyone has him to get him off your cases asap.  THe man lies, cheats, and will do whatever he can to get his way.  He is rude, vindictive, and is also a former deadbeat dad himself.  Additionally, he overcharges for services he doesn't deliver.  He's one evil man who does not act in the best interests of children.

Be careful!



>GAL's are a total joke....
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>Do they have experience with children.... nope
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>Do they have children.. nope
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>informed... nope
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