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Virginia Custody

Virginia custody isn't hard to understand once you realize how the system in this state works.

Unfortunately what the politicians in Richmond tell you about child custody in Virginia isn't necessarily accurate.

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

If you look at the child custody guidelines in Virginia, you'll see 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.

And that means if you and your spouse don't agree on a child custody arrangement, the state of Virginia then 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 will assign a Virginia custody evaluator who will meet with the parties involved; including the school, doctors, etc.

The county then conducts an evaluation to determine which of you will be the best parent for your children.

This all begins with an evaluation done by an assigned custody evaluator.

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

And you'll receive a copy of this evaluation report as well.

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 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.

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 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 Virginia county as well as public ones.

Private guardians charge from $50 per hour to $400, where public guardians generally charge less.

Typically the cost of the guardian ad litem is shared by each spouse.

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

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