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Know About These Child Custody Evaluation Mistakes

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When parents cannot decide which parent will be the primary physical custodian of a minor child, it may be left up to a judge. Almost any method you can use outside of the court system is preferable to having virtual strangers decide on such a personal matter, so consider using conflict resolution techniques employed using mediation.

If you are unable to come to an agreement between you two, the family court judge may contract this issue out to a specially-trained expert. Child custody evaluators are trained in a social science, like social work or psychology, and usually also have certifications dealing with evaluating parenting situations and conflicts. Read on for some things to keep in mind during your child custody evaluation.

1. This evaluation will consist of a series of interviews conducted by an expert. You may be provided with a list of approved experts from which to choose, or you may just be assigned one. It should be noted that this expense is borne by you, the parents, and it is not a small expense either. The range you might expect to pay goes from $1,000 up to $2,500 or more.

2. Since the expert needs to get a full picture of the situation, there will be interviews made up of various parties. For example, you can expect the following interviews:

  • The child alone
  • You and the child alone and the other parent and child alone
  • Both parents and the child together
  • Teachers or school personnel
  • The pediatrician or family doctor
  • Other family members

3. Being evaluated for your parenting ability is understandably nerve-wracking, but you should take care not to allow your emotions to influence the evaluation negatively. As long you keep the best interest of the child in, as the court will, you will be on the right path. What this means is refraining from:

  • Prepping your child by coaching them for the interviews. Most evaluation experts are trained to identify this behavior, and it will only make you appear to have something to hide or be over-controlling. Neither one of these behaviors is viewed as being in the best interest of the child.
  • Be extremely careful about what you say about the other parent. It's best for the child to have a good and healthy relationship with both parents, regardless of who will be doing most of the caring. A parent that is positive, or at least civil, about the other parent is seen as a good parent who wants to ensure that a solid relationship between the non-custodial parent and the child is created going forward.

4. If you believe your custodial evaluation is going badly, speak to your divorce attorney so that action can be taken before it's too late. You may be able to get another expert on board or have another evaluation performed.

Speak to your divorce attorney for more information. For more information, check out a website like http://gomezmaylaw.com/.


10 April 2018