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Rhode Island Custody

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

Unfortunately what the politicians in Providence tell you about child custody in Rhode Island isn't always true.

The fairness of the system isn't what they lead you to believe.

If you look at child custody guidelines, there will be 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 actually used to establish child custody in the real world.

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

The determination of child custody starts when you file a motion at your local county family law courthouse.

Eventually, the county designates a custody evaluator to meet with everyone 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 begins with an evaluation performed by an assigned 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.

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 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 a highly contested dispute, a judge will order the guardian ad litem to protect the children's interests during the custody evaluation.

A guardian ad litem doesn't determine custody, but will act as a advocate of the children to ensure the children's interests are protected while you and your spouse 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 Rhode Island 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 the cost of the guardian ad litem is shared by each spouse.

A guardian will be provided free of change if you can't afford one.

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