Will the judge speak with the children?
If the court feels it is appropriate, the judge may interview the children or appoint a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to speak with the children outside of court. The GAL may also speak to you and the other party.

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1. Do I need an attorney?
2. What is the basis of non-parental custody?
3. Will the court check my background?
4. Will the judge speak with the children?
5. Do I have to notify both parents about my request for custody?
6. What if I cannot find one or both of the parents?
7. What if I don’t know the father’s name or address?
8. Can I get an emergency custody order?
9. How long does it take to obtain permanent custody?
10. Do I have to go to court?