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Oregon Custody

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

And that becomes a pain in the wallet for you, because what the politicians in Salem tell you about child custody in Oregon isn't always true.

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

When you look at child custody guidelines in Oregon, you'll see references to "primary caretaker" and "more qualified" parent.

What's not listed in any of the official guidelines are all the intangible criteria actually used to determine child custody in the real world.

If you and your spouse are unable to establish a child custody arrangement, then the state of Oregon decides where your children live.

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

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

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

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

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.

You'll also receive a copy of this evaluation report.

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 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.

Because the evaluator has conducted extensive research and issues a report, there's no way the judge will 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.

This person will not decide custody, but will act as a advocate of the children to ensure the children's interests are protected while the parents 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 Oregon county.

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.

Typically each spouse shares the cost of the guardian.

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

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Even if you're using a attorney, his advice will still save you thousands and get you a better result.

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