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A growing number of states are realizing that child custody cases are becoming unbearably expensive for many parents.
Connecticut recently formed a special task force to determine why custody cases are so expensive and, more importantly, what to do about it. Many other states are also entering the fray, hoping to find a cost-effective solution to the growing national problem.
Here are a few of the sources behind staggering child custody case costs and what states plan to do about them:
Finding a Solution
Similar to Connecticut's task force, a committee in Maryland is also looking into the costs of child custody cases and guardians ad litem. Other states are considering new mediation programs and other measures, reports the AP.
One potential solution: Lower, standardized fees for guardians ad litem. In addition, better data collection by court officials -- to track how often guardians ad litem, psychologists, and others are appointed and how much they charge -- may help achieve greater transparency.
Remember, one of the most effective ways to minimize your child custody litigation costs is to try to cooperate with the other parent. It's no easy feat, but your children -- and wallet -- will thank you for it.