Family Law Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Guardian ad Litem?

A Guardian ad Litem is an attorney appointed by the court to represent a child or children in a particular case.  The Guardian ad Litem investigates all contested issues in the case to assist the court in determining what is in the best interests of the child(ren).

What is a Parenting Coordinator?

A Parenting Coordinator is a professional who is appointed by the court to assist parents who have difficulty agreeing on a wide range of issues.  The Parenting Coordinator’s job is to meet with the parents and try to facilitate agreements on an as-needed basis in order to promote civility and prevent continued unnecessary litigation.

Do I have to attend mediation?

If your divorce or paternity case is in Tulsa county you will be required to attend mediation.  Judges in other counties often order mediation as well.  Mediation is an informal dispute resolution process done with the assistance of a mediator. Mediators are neutral third party professionals who have experience in family law issues.  A mediation typically lasts about two hours and can be attempted as many times as needed to facilitate settlement.  The mediator is required to keep the details of the mediation confidential but may report to the court regarding whether a settlement was reached.