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

And that's unfortunate, because what the politicians in Nashville tell you about child custody in Tennessee isn't always the case.

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

If you look at the child custody guidelines in Tennessee, 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 Tennessee decides where your children live.

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

At some point, the county will assign a Tennessee custody evaluator who will meet with the parties 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.

Additionally, you'll likely 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 receive a copy of the evaluation report.

Most people believe custody is determined by the judge, when in fact custody is determined by an 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.

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 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 Tennessee 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..

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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