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Illinois Custody

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

Unfortunately what the politicians in Springfield tell you about child custody in Illinois isn't necessarily accurate.

The custody system isn't as fair as they want you to believe.

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

What you won't see listed in any of the official guidelines are all the intangible criteria that are actually used to determine child custody in the real world.

If you and your spouse are unable to establish a child custody arrangement, then the state of Illinois decides where your children live.

The determination of child custody begins with the filing of a motion at your local county family law courthouse.

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

The county will conduct an evaluation to establish which of the two of you is the best parent for your children.

This process starts with an evaluation done by an assigned custody evaluator.

Even better, expect to be subjected to a psychological profile and at the end of this process, the custody evaluator will write a report and submit that to family court.

And you'll receive a copy of this evaluation report as well.

Many people think custody is determined by the judge in your case, the fact is custody is determined by the evaluator, not a judge.

The evaluators report is simply read by the judge and rubber stamped, because they know almost nothing about you, your spouse, your children, or your family situation.

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.

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.

This person doesn't decide on custody, they only act as a advocate for the children to make sure their interests are protected while you and your spouse argue about custody.

The guardian ad litem can be 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 Illinois 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 you can't afford a guardian ad litem, typically one is provided free of change.

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