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Michigan Custody

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

Unfortunately what the politicians in Tallahassee tell you about child custody in Michigan isn't always true.

The system isn't nearly as fair as they'd lead you to believe.

If you look at the child custody guidelines in Michigan, 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.

If you and your spouse don't agree on a child custody arrangement, the state 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 Michigan custody evaluator who will meet with all the parties; including the school, doctors, etc.

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

The evaluation process begins with an assessment done by an assigned evaluator.

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

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

Like many people you probably think custody is determined by the judge, well the fact is custody is determined by the 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.

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 yours is a highly contested dispute, a judge can order a guardian ad litem to protect the children's interests during the custody 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 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 Michigan 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 the cost of a guardian ad litem is an issue, typically one is provided free of change.

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