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Pennsylvania Custody

Child custody is simple once you understand how the Pennsylvania custody system works.

Unfortunately what the politicians in Harrisburg tell you about child custody in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania custody evaluator to meet with all 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.

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

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

You'll receive a copy of the evaluation report.

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

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 sometimes order a guardian ad litem to protect the children's interests during a 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.

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 Pennsylvania 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.

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

If the cost of a guardian ad litem is an issue, typically one is provided free of change.

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