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

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

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

If you look at the child custody guidelines in Iowa, you'll see 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.

And that means if you and your spouse don't agree on a child custody arrangement, the state of Iowa then 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 Iowa custody evaluator to meet with all the parties involved; 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.

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

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

The judge simply reads the evaluators report and rubber stamps it, because the judge knows almost nothing about you, your spouse, your children, or your family situation.

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

In a highly contested dispute, a judge will sometimes order a guardian ad litem to protect the children's interests during a custody evaluation.

This person will not decide custody, but will act as a advocate of the children to ensure the children's interests are protected while the parents argue 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 Iowa 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 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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