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Vermont Custody

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

And that's too bad, because what the politicians in Montpelier tell you about child custody in Vermont isn't necessarily accurate.

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

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

In none of the official guidelines will you find the intangible criteria actually used to establish child custody in the real world.

If you and your spouse don't agree on a child custody arrangement, the state decides where your children live.

The determination of child custody begins with the filing of a motion at your local county family law courthouse.

At some point, the county assigns a Vermont custody evaluator to meet with all the parties involved; including the school, doctors, etc.

The county will conduct an evaluation to determine which of you is the best parent for the 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.

The evaluation report is sent you as well.

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 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.

The evaluator, having conducted extensive research, then issuing a report, knows there's no way the judge is going to overrule theie 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, they only act as a advocate for the children to make sure their interest is protected while you and your spouse about custody.

Guardians can be either lawyers or social workers, the important thing is they are approved by the court and there are private guardian ad litems employed by your local Vermont county as well as public ones.

Regarding fee's, private guardians charge from $50 per hour to up to $400, where public guardians generally charge less.

It is common for the cost of the guardian to be shared by each spouse.

If the cost of a guardian ad litem is an issue for you, one can be provided free of change.

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In his guide, he details the entire divorce process and common pitfalls. Even if you're using a attorney, his advice will still save you thousands and get you a better result.

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In his guide, he details the entire divorce process and common pitfalls.

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

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