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Alaska Custody

Child custody is simple once you understand how the Alaska custody system works.

And that becomes a pain in the wallet for you, because what the politicians in Juneau tell you about child custody in Alaska isn't always true.

The system isn't quite as fair as you'd like to believe.

If you look at the child custody guidelines in Alaska, there will be references to "primary caretaker" and "more qualified" parent.

What's not listed in any of the official guidelines are all the intangible criteria actually used to determine child custody in the real world.

If you and your spouse don't agree on a child custody arrangement, the state decides where your children live.

The establishment of child custody starts with filing a motion at your local Alaska county family law courthouse.

Eventually, the county will assign a Alaska custody evaluator who will meet with all the parties; including the school, doctors, etc.

An evaluation is then conducted, by the county, to determine which one of you is the better parent for the kids.

The evaluation process begins with an assessment done by an assigned evaluator.

Even better, you'll probably be subjected to a psychological profile and at the end of the process, the custody evaluator will write and submit their report to family court.

You'll receive a copy of the evaluation report.

Most people think custody is determined by the judge, well, the fact is custody is established by the evaluator, not a judge.

The evaluators report is simply read by the judge who rubber stamps it, because they know very little about you, your spouse, your children, or your family setting.

The evaluator, having conducted extensive research, then issuing a report, knows there's no way the judge is going to overrule theie recommendation.

If yours is a highly contested dispute, a judge can order a guardian ad litem to protect the children's interests during the custody evaluation.

This person will not decide custody, they only act as a advocate for the children to make sure their interest is protected while you and your spouse about custody.

Now, Guardians can be lawyers or social workers they just need to be approved by the court and there are private guardians along with public ones employed by your local Alaska county.

Private guardians charge from $50 per hour to $400, where public guardians generally charge less.

It is common for each spouse to share the cost of the guardian.

If the cost of a guardian ad litem is an issue, typically one is provided free of change.

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