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Colorado Custody

Colorado custody is simple once you understand how the system really works.

And that's too bad, because what the politicians in Denver tell you about child custody in Colorado isn't necessarily accurate.

The fairness of the system isn't what they lead you to believe.

When looking at child custody guidelines in Colorado, 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 Colorado county family law courthouse.

Eventually, the county designates a custody evaluator to meet with everyone involved; including the school, doctors, etc.

An evaluation is then conducted, by the county, that determines which of you is the best parent for the children.

The process starts by having the assigned evaluator perform the evaluation.

You'll also likely be subjected to a psychological profile and at the end of this process, the custody evaluator writes a report and submits it to family court.

You'll also receive a copy of this evaluation report.

Like many people you probably think custody is determined by the judge, well the fact is custody is determined by the evaluator, not the 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 on the other hand has conducted extensive research and issues a report, so there's no way the judge is going to overrule the evaluators recommendation.

In highly contested disputes, judges will on occasion order a guardian ad litem to protect the children's interests during the 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.

Guardians can be either lawyers or social workers, the important thing is they are approved by the court and there are private guardian ad litems employed by your local Colorado county as well as public ones.

A private guardian ad litem will charge from $50 per hour to upwards of $400, as opposed to a public guardian who generally charge much 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 for you, one can be provided free of change.

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