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Maine Custody

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

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

The system isn't nearly as fair as they'd lead 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 actually used to establish 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 Maine county family law courthouse.

At some point, the county will assign a Maine custody evaluator who will meet with 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 process starts by having the assigned evaluator perform the evaluation.

Additionally, expect to be subjected to a psychological profile and when competed, the custody evaluator will write and submit their report to family court.

The completed evaluation report will be sent to you.

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 will read the evaluators report and because the judge knows very little about you, your spouse, your children, or your family setting rubber stamp it.

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 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.

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 Maine county as well as public ones.

Private guardians charge from $50 per hour 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 ad litem, typically one is provided free of change.

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