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Judges retain 'absolute discretion' on guardian ad litem appointments

...500 to $1,000 in one bill through charging fees that include $1 for every text message, e-mail and minute the guardians spent on the phone.Altogether, the bills, some of which included no supporting documentation, showed $6,640...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-07-16/judges-retain-absolute
Parents hold rally in Atlanta to ask Georgia Judicial Council to investigate family court practices

...judges presiding over divorces provide lax supervision of the guardians they assign to represent the interests of children...of the abuses and look the other way."I feel like the guardian ad litem system that was in place, somebody really...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-06-17/parents-hold-rally-atl
More guards for guardians?

...included $1 for each text message, e-mail or minute the guardians spent on the phone.There's still plenty of parents...told The Chronicle they felt pressured to pay because the guardians held sway over their family-court cases and had the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2015-06-18/more-guards-guardians
2 guardians ad litem recommended for reappointment despite allegations

...text message, e-mail and minute the guardians spent on the phone.Altogether...message Aug. 7 ? nine months after the guardian was appointed ? she has not received...and no documentation showing why the guardian's fees had nearly doubled in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-06-12/2-guardians-ad-litem-r
Columbia County mother faces jail time if past guardian ad litem fees left unpaid

...to Angel Kendrick for the fees the guardian says she accrued during a 15-month...on Aug. 7, nine months after the guardian was appointed.Since then, Kendrick...Lingefelt was being noncompliant.The guardian agreed to "write off" $195 in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-06-03/columbia-county-mother
Ad litem changes dubious

...local TV station did recently on the guardian ad litem program. It was called...precisely what the plans are to help the guardians.There are many questions that...oath to be ethical and moral ? the guardians should have been there also to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-05-19/ad-litem-changes-dubious
Judge drops contempt order against mother

...of court for owing Angel Kendrick $1,627 in fees the guardian claims she accrued while making custody recommendation's...1,874 by text message Aug. 7, nine months after the guardian was appointed.Since then, Kendrick claims at least...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-06-05/judge-drops-contempt-o
Augusta guardian ad litem program overhauled

...rules sort of varied from judge to judge, so we put in writing a uniform set of guidelines to make sure everybody ? the guardians, the attorneys, the litigants and the judges ? are on the same page."Allgood, who headed the eight-member executive...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-04-15/augusta-guardian-ad-li
Finally, guidelines for guardians

...performed, and said they were pressured to pay because the guardians ? some of whom were appointed by judges twice as often...public ask, as this page did May 9, 2014, "Who guards the guardians?"Now, the only ones who could fix the problem ? the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2015-04-16/finally-guidelines-gu
Rants & Raves

...to worry about cussing and spitting on TV. Congratulations Mr. Spieth. RAVES TO The Augusta Chronicle for bringing the guardian ad litem problems to the surface. It is disgusting that 63 percent of the cases were assigned to three people. I know...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-04-23/rants-raves