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Guardian ad litem payments limited

Money can be a concern for anyone intending to go to court, but an appeals court decision lessens that worry for anyone seeking an order of protection for their child. In a victory for abused women and their children, the Eastern District Court of Appeals determined earlier this month that under the Child Protection Orders Act, petitioners of child orders of protection are exempt from paying appellate court docket fees and guardian ad litem fees. Leigh Joy Carson, a guardian ad litem, says “You really can’t sit around arguing over fees because that is not [a GAL’s job]."

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