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Update from the Court - Domestic Relations Division

Wednesday, December 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Robert Rupp
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Update from Domestic Relations

Presiding Judge Timothy J. McJoynt


Expiration of Previous Approved Guardian Ad Litem List

On January 31, 2020 a new approved Guardian Ad Litem list will be in effect.  To begin, this list will include all individuals previously on the GAL approved list who completed BOTH DAYS of the live seminars held November 15th and 16th.  If you completed both days of training and were previously on the list, you do not need to take any further action.

Video of this seminar will be open on-line through the DCBA and IICLE if you were unable to attend the program in whole or in part.  If you were previously on the list and complete the online training before January 31, you will not need to take any further action once you have completed the course and received your certificate of completion from IICLE.

Anyone not attending the 11/15 and 11/16 training but who received certification from an approved GAL training programs in other counties or from the ISBA within the last 2 years and who was previously on the list is eligible to stay on the list. However the court asks that you submit a copy of your certificate from that training to Olga Castillo at

NEW GAL APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE - Anyone who was not on the list previously and has completed training through any of the means mentioned above must fill out an application which is available through the DCBA website. You may also contact Olga Castillo at for the application or with any questions.  

Help Desk Volunteers Needed for January

Volunteer attorneys are needed for the Family Law Pro Se Help Desk in January.  This desk is staffed from 10:30 – 1:00 PM on Monday’s and Wednesday’s.  Please sign up at window in Domestic Relations Reception with Olga. 

New Evaluation Rule

Amendments have been made to Local Rule 15.16 as follows:

15. 16 Evaluation Program

1. Payment of Fees- The evaluator's hourly fees and the amount of the advance deposit shall be set from time to time by the Chief Judge, the Presiding Judge and the Acting Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division. The hourly rate shall be $225 $250 per hour, with a maximum charge, excluding testifying at deposition and/or trial, of $7785 $10,000. The evaluation fee shall include up to thirty five (35) forty (40) forty hours for sessions, costs of testing, analysis, and for preparation of the report. The limitation on charges contained in these rules shall not include time expended for preparation or attendance at a court proceeding or deposition. Those charges shall be paid by the party calling he evaluator as a witness.

2. The parties shall be required to pay a retainer, as ordered by the court, to be applied toward the cost of evaluation. When the retainer is exhausted, the parties shall pay for remaining individual sessions and the cost of the report as those costs are incurred. In the event payments are not made as ordered by the Court, the evaluator may not suspend the process but shall promptly report failure to pay to the attorneys and the Court.

3. The evaluator's report shall include reference to the fee charged and itemize the charges, whether that fee has been paid in full, and if not, the outstanding amount owed. The court may direct the parties to pay any sum that remains due and owing to the evaluator and may enter judgement accordingly.

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