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Minnesota Custody

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

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

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

When you look at child custody guidelines in Minnesota, 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 are unable to establish a child custody arrangement, the state will decide where your children live.

The establishment of child custody starts with filing a motion at your local Minnesota county family law courthouse.

Eventually, the county designates a custody evaluator to meet with everyone involved; including the school, doctors, etc.

The county then conducts an evaluation to determine which of you will be the best parent for your children.

The process starts by having the assigned evaluator perform the evaluation.

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.

The completed evaluation report will be sent to you.

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 who rubber stamps it, because they know very little about you, your spouse, your children, or your family setting.

Because there's no way the judge is going to overrule the evaluators recommendation after they have conducted extensive research and issued their report.

In highly contested disputes, judges will on occasion order a guardian ad litem to protect the children's interests during the 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.

Guardians can be lawyers or social workers as long as they are approved by the court and there are private guardian ad litems as well as public ones employed by your local Minnesota county.

A private guardian ad litem will charge from $50 per hour to upwards of $400, as opposed to a public guardian who generally charge much 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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