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Montana 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 Montana 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 Montana, there will be references to "primary caretaker" and "more qualified" parent.

In none of the official guidelines will you find the intangible criteria 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 Montana county family law courthouse.

At some point, the county will assign a Montana 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.

This all begins with an evaluation done by an assigned custody 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.

The completed evaluation report will be sent to you.

Most people believe custody is determined by the judge, when in fact custody is determined by an evaluator, not the judge.

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

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 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.

The guardian ad litem can be a either 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 Montana county.

Private guardians charge from $50 per hour to $400, where public guardians generally charge less.

Typically the cost of the guardian ad litem is shared by each spouse.

If you can't afford a guardian ad litem, typically one is provided free of change.

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