Referee Decision on Custody

The referee can make a decision while you are in court at the evidentiary hearing or when you present your evidence or he can decide later.  They call making a decision later “taking the case under advisement.”  When the case is taken under advisement, it can take 2-3 weeks for the referee to issue a decision.

The referee’s decision can have interim effect. This means even though the referee’s decision can be objected to and taken to the circuit court judge, in certain circumstances the referee can force immediate compliance with his order.