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Massachusetts Custody

Massachusetts custody isn't hard to comprehend once you understand how things in this state work.

And that's unfortunate, because what the politicians in Tallahassee tell you about child custody in Massachusetts 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 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 Massachusetts county family law courthouse.

Eventually, the county will assign a Massachusetts custody evaluator to meet with all the parties 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 begins with an evaluation performed by an assigned evaluator.

Additionally, you'll likely 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.

The evaluation report is sent you as well.

Most people think custody is determined by the judge, well, the fact is custody is established by the evaluator, not a 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.

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

A guardian ad litem doesn't determine custody, but will act as a advocate of the children to ensure the children's 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 Massachusetts county as well as public ones.

Regarding cost, a private guardian ad litem will charge from $50 per hour to $400, as opposed to a public guardians who typically charge less.

It's typical for spouses to share the cost of the guardian ad litem.

A guardian will be provided free of change if you can't afford one.

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