(a) Appointment of Guardians ad Litem (GAL). When the appointment of a guardian ad litem is required, the appointee shall be from the appropriate Court approved Guardian ad Litem Registry maintained for Titles 11 or 26, respectively. Parties shall use the Order Appointing a Guardian ad Litem in Title 26 cases in compliance with the Court's required form found at the following link: www.cowlitzsuperiorcourt.us.
(1) Substantially Equal Residential Time or Third Party Custody Cases. When a parenting plan sets a residential schedule of substantially equal time or places the child(ren) with a person other than a parent, a guardian ad litem shall be appointed to investigate and report to the Court regarding the adoption of the schedule, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Court upon motion of either party; with consideration given to the child’s age, status quo, and any other factors relevant to the child’s best interest. The written report of the guardian ad litem shall be filed with the Court, a copy shall be provided to each party and the matter is to be noted on the docket for further direction from the Court. This rule applies whether or not the parties agree to the residential schedule.
(b) Fees. Fees to be paid to a guardian ad litem shall be at the rate set by Superior Court Administrative Policy. If additional fees are requested, a written motion for same, accompanied by supporting declaration(s), must be filed.
(c) Grievance and Discipline of GALs and CCCA. These rules apply to guardians ad litem and Cowlitz County Child Advocates (CCCA) appointed under Titles 11 or 26 of the Revised Code of Washington; including each being subject to the disciplinary procedures in CCLGALR 8.
(d) Guardian ad Litem Advisory Committee. The Court's Guardian ad Litem Advisory Committee, hereinafter referred to as the "Committee," will administer complaints about guardians ad litem in accordance with CCLGALR 8.
(e) Policies and Procedures. Such policies and procedures will be implemented as necessary to carry out this rule.
[Effective September 1, 2014; emergency amendment November 10, 2014; amended September 1, 2015; amended September 1, 2017; amended September 1, 2019; amended September 1, 2020]