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GAL Training 2023

Product ID: CA3489R2
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

Endorsed by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Best practices for their best interests

In family law matters, guardians ad litem (GALs) have the challenging responsibility of advocating for the best interests of children in emotionally charged circumstances. At GAL Training 2023, you’ll explore the critical part GALs play in family court proceedings and hear how well-versed practitioners approach GAL appointments.

GAL Training 2023 brings together court commissioners, mental health professionals, and experienced GALs to share their insights on a vast array of issues. Both new and experienced GALs will come away with helpful tools for approaching complex situations and a better understanding of:

  • The wide range of roles a GAL may be called upon to perform
  • Statutory factors that must be considered in making custody and placement recommendations
  • The meaning of “the best interests of the child” under Wisconsin law
  • How mental health experts approach child therapy in GAL cases
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OnDemand seminar

Pricing

Member $269.00

Non-Member $349.00

Credits

7 CLE, 7 GALF, 7 GALMIN

Date and Time

Tuesday, May 30, 20238:30 AM - 3:50 PM CT

Add to Calendar 5/30/2023 8:30:00 AM 5/30/2023 3:50:00 PM America/Chicago GAL Training 2023

Endorsed by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Best practices for their best interests

In family law matters, guardians ad litem (GALs) have the challenging responsibility of advocating for the best interests of children in emotionally charged circumstances. At GAL Training 2023, you’ll explore the critical part GALs play in family court proceedings and hear how well-versed practitioners approach GAL appointments.

GAL Training 2023 brings together court commissioners, mental health professionals, and experienced GALs to share their insights on a vast array of issues. Both new and experienced GALs will come away with helpful tools for approaching complex situations and a better understanding of:

  • The wide range of roles a GAL may be called upon to perform
  • Statutory factors that must be considered in making custody and placement recommendations
  • The meaning of “the best interests of the child” under Wisconsin law
  • How mental health experts approach child therapy in GAL cases
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Endorsed by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Best practices for their best interests

In family law matters, guardians ad litem (GALs) have the challenging responsibility of advocating for the best interests of children in emotionally charged circumstances. At GAL Training 2023, you’ll explore the critical part GALs play in family court proceedings and hear how well-versed practitioners approach GAL appointments.

GAL Training 2023 brings together court commissioners, mental health professionals, and experienced GALs to share their insights on a vast array of issues. Both new and experienced GALs will come away with helpful tools for approaching complex situations and a better understanding of:

  • The wide range of roles a GAL may be called upon to perform
  • Statutory factors that must be considered in making custody and placement recommendations
  • The meaning of “the best interests of the child” under Wisconsin law
  • How mental health experts approach child therapy in GAL cases
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Program Chair:

Sarah DeKraay
Murphy Desmond, S.C.
Madison

Faculty:

Anne Marie Abell
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Milwaukee

Shelly Anday, LSW
Family Court Consulting Services, LLC
Middleton

Patrick T. Arendt
Noonan Arendt LLP
Stevens Point

Marco Bichanich
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Milwaukee

Comm. Barry Boline
Ozaukee County Circuit Court
Port Washington

Jennifer L. Nash Elliot
Nash Law Office
Janesville

Tiffany L. Highstrom
Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
Madison

Comm. Kelly Iselin
Walworth County Circuit Court
Elkhorn

Rob McCreadie
Connections Counseling
Madison

Comm. Elizabeth M. Pfeuffer
Kenosha County Circuit Court
Kenosha

Katherine Teague
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Milwaukee

Ashley J. Richter
Richter & Phillips LLP
Madison

Comm. Cynthia Vopal
Brown County Circuit Court
Green Bay

Julie A. Whitney
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Milwaukee

8:30 a.m. : Acting as a GAL: An Overview

  • Guardian ad Litem Practice and Procedure
    o Statutory
    o Types of Cases where GAL can/must be appointed by the Court
    o Duties of a Guardian ad Litem – 48.235 – Advocate for Best Interests of Ward
    o GAL for minor parent in TPR – 48.235(5)
    o GAL for Parent in Contested TPR
    o GAL appointments are typically continued
    o Miscellaneous matters where GAL may be appointed – matters involving unborn children – relatively rare
    o Appeals – Wis. Stat. § 809.107(6)(e) and (d)
  • Value of the Team Approach
    o SWAP Responsibilities
    o Value to the caretakers
    o Value to the children
  • Guardians ad Litem in Family Court
    o Types of Cases
    o When is a GAL appointed? (Wis. Stat. 767.407(1))
    o Requirements of GAL in Family Court (Wis. Stat. 767.407(4))
    o Evaluation of a Family Court Case
  • The Impact of In Re the Marriage of Valadez and the Importance of Certified Treatment
    o Waukesha County Case No. 18FA296, In re the marriage of Julie C. Valadez and Ricardo Valadez
    o WIS. STAT. § 767.41(2)(d)1
    o In re Marriage of Valadez, 400 Wis. 2d 523, 969 N.W.2d 770, 2022 WI App 2 (Wis. Ct. App. 2021)
    o Wisconsin Batterers Treatment Provider Association (WBTPA)
    o Miscellaneous

Anne Marie Abell, Marco Bichanich, Katherine Teague, Julie Whitney

9:20 a.m. : Court Commissioners Panel: Addiction and Placement

Barry Boline, Kelly Iselin, Cynthia Vopal

10:10 a.m. : Break

10:25 a.m. : Court Commissioners Panel: Mental Health, Treatment, and Placement

Barry Boline, Kelly Iselin, Cynthia Vopal

11:15 a.m. : THC and the FCC: Tips, Tricks and Takeaways for Handling Marijuana Issues

  • Background and quick history of MJ legality and use
  • Concerns relating to use or abuse
  • THC impacts on custody, placement and support decisions and orders
  • Views from the bench
  • How to prep and present your position to gain favorable outcomes

Elizabeth M. Pfeuffer

12:05 p.m. : Lunch (on your own)

1:05 p.m. : Parenting Plan Evaluation/Adult Mental Health Considerations

Shelly Anday

1:55 p.m. : Children and Mental Health

Rob McCreadie

2:45 p.m. : Break

3:00 p.m. : GAL Panel: How to Uncover Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Patrick T. Arendt, Jennifer L. Nash Elliot, Tiffany L. Highstrom, Ashley J. Richter

3:50 p.m. : Program Concludes

Following program start times, webcast replay schedule will vary slightly from above listed times.

  • Receive an overview of guardian ad litem practice and procedure
  • Learn to recognize when a parent is struggling with mental health or addiction issues
  • Make effective placement and custody recommendations to the court
  • Understand how divorce, placement changes, and parental addiction impact children
  • Hear insights from experienced GALs on conducting investigations
  • Guardians ad litem for minors
  • Family law attorneys
  • Juvenile law/children’s attorneys
  • Attorneys seeking GAL minor appointments
  • General practitioners

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