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Idaho Custody

Idaho custody isn't hard to understand once you realize how the system in this state works.

And that's unfortunate, because what the politicians in Tallahassee tell you about child custody in Idaho isn't always the case.

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

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

In none of the official guidelines will you find the intangible criteria used to determine child custody in the real world.

And that means if you and your spouse are unable to establish a child custody arrangement, the state will decide where your children live.

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

At some point, the county assigns a Idaho custody evaluator to meet with all the parties involved; including the school, doctors, etc.

The county then conducts an evaluation to determine which of you will be the best parent for your children.

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

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.

The completed evaluation report will be sent to you.

Most people believe custody is determined by the judge, when in fact custody is determined by an 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.

Because the evaluator has conducted extensive research and issues a report, there's no way the judge will overrule the evaluators recommendation.

If your involved in a highly contested dispute, expect the judge to order the guardian ad litem to protect your children's interests during the evaluation.

The guardian ad litem doesn't decide custody, but acts as a advocate for the children to ensure their interests are protected while the parents argue about custody.

The guardian ad litem can be a either a lawyer or social worker as long as they are approved by the court and there are private guardians along with public ones employed by your local Idaho county.

Regarding fee's, private guardians charge from $50 per hour to up to $400, where public guardians generally charge less.

It is common for the cost of the guardian to be shared by each spouse.

If you can't afford a guardian, often one will be provided free of change.

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