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

And that becomes a pain in the wallet for you, because what the politicians in Olympia tell you about child custody in Washington isn't always true.

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

When you look at child custody guidelines in Washington, 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 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 will assign a Washington 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.

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

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 receive a copy of the evaluation report.

Most people think custody is determined by the judge, well, the fact is custody is established by the evaluator, not a 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 highly contested disputes, judges will on occasion order a guardian ad litem to protect the children's interests during the 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.

The guardian ad litem can be a lawyer or social worker as long as they are approved by the court and there are private guardians along with public ones employed by your local Washington county.

Private guardians charge from $50 per hour to $400, where a public guardian ad litem will generally charge less.

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

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

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