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Family Law News

Posted on: May 3, 2018

Welcome to Tip of the Week! Judicial officers will offer a tip each week for members of the Family Law Section. Feel free to send suggestions to Mag. Kim Mattingly at

By Mag. Kimberly Dean Mattingly, Marion Superior Court

  1. Remember that the GAL is a party to the case and must be served with all pleadings and orders.  Any motion must include the GAL’s position, not just that of opposing counsel.
  2. Any mediation or settlement conference must include the GAL and the GAL must sign off on any agreement.
  3. In trial, the GAL must be treated as a party: they may call witnesses, cross examine yours, and should be consulted on the admission of evidence and be allowed to weigh in on objections made by any other party.

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