Family LawChild Custody Evaluation

Child Custody Evaluation


- Advertisment -spot_img

A child custody evaluation can be ordered by a court if you are involved in a custody dispute with your spouse.  The custody evaluation can be required in an initial custody case or in a subsequent case if one of the parents requests that the issue of custody be modified.  

If you are seeking primary custody of your child, you’ll want to know the guidelines for the child custody evaluation that you will have to undergo. 

To some extent, these guidelines vary from state to state, so you will need to discuss the child custody evaluation process with your attorney or your state family court.

In general, a child custody evaluation involves a series of meetings between the parents and children and a professional who will assess the custody issue.  Sometimes that professional is a psychologist.  Sometimes it is a professional with a Masters and sometimes a Doctorate degree.  

In some states the professional simply investigates and reports the details of the investigation to the court.  In other states, the professional doing the child custody evaluation actually gives the court a recommendation as to how custody should be determined.

The manner in which a child custody evaluation is used by a court can also vary from state to state.  In some states, the judges put a higher priority on the wishes of the children and that issue is addressed in the custody evaluation.  

In some of those states, the child’s wishes are considered if the child has attained a certain age.  InIllinois, the child’s wishes is a key factor.  

In other states, it is only one factor or not a factor at all.  In Alabama, a chid’s desire is not considered as a reliable factor in determining custody, so the factors to be given priority over the child’s wishes in the child custody evaluation are more focused on the well being an safety of the child.  

A child custody evaluation can involve an investigation into moral habits and issues such as alcohol or drug use, church affiliation and family support system.   

Other issues that can and often are reviewed in a custody evaluation include factors that are unrelated to moral habits, but which are more focused on the determining which parent can satisfy the child’s needs, include the ability to provide an appropriate home, school support, and so forth.

A child custody evaluation can take months to conclude.  The investigation aspects can include a review of any existing counseling records for the family, either or both parents, or the children, any mental health records for any of those parties, any criminal records, school records for the children, and one or more interviews with each parent and child and any other individual that the court deems appropriate.  

For example, if a companion or significant other is living with a parent, that person could have an impact on the day to day lives of the children.  

The court may want that person included in the child custody evaluation.  Some of the evaluation interviews are conducted individually, and some are conducted with parent and children together.  That format is dictated by the professional conducting the custody evaluation.

If you are involved in a custody dispute and you will be involved in a child custody evaluation, speak with your attorney about the process that you and your children will be subjected to.  

Be prepared and open and provide all of the information that is requested of you.  Most of all, find out what you are able to say to the children to prepare them for the interviews that they will have to attend. 

Disclaimer:  The contents of this site, such as text, graphics, images, and other materials contained on the page are for general information purposes only. This article is not a substitute for professional advice on the topics mentioned. This article does not create any form of offers to any legal or professional service. The site assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the contents. In no event shall the site be liable for any special, direct, indirect, consequential, or incidental damages or any damages whatsoever, whether in an action to follow the content, negligence or other tort, arising out of the use of the contents of the article. The blog reserves the right to make additions, deletions, or modifications to the contents at any time without prior notice. The site does not warrant that the site is free of viruses or other harmful components. It may contain views and opinions which are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other author, agency, organization, employer or company, including the site itself. It also does not provide professional advice, diagnosis, treatment or any legal service. The site does not endorse official procedures, legal actions or qualified services and the use of its contents are solely at your own risk.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Divorce & Health Insurance

Recently, I had a question from someone who was going through a divorce and was concerned about lost health...

Divorce & Health Insurance

Recently, I had a question from someone who was going through a divorce and was concerned about lost health...

Dissolution by Affidavit – Personal Appearance Not Required

The elimination of the requirement of personal appearance for hearing in Missouri dissolution of marriage actions arose out of,...

Discover The Nine Vital Questions You Need To Ask Before Hiring Your Personal Injury Lawyer

Once you know the right questions to ask, hiring your personal injury lawyer is not only easy, but you...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

Disciplining And Firing Employees

Perception is Reality – Discipline with Care! Disciplining and firing employees is one of the most crucial areas for consideration...

Dental And Medical Collection Legal Guidelines

Every medical and dental practice has to deal with patients who do not pay. If it doesn't deal with...

Must read

Deeds of Variation – Are They Justified?

Deciding to make a Will and then actually putting...

Courtroom FEA: But how does FEA work?

Many legal professionals are exposed to Finite Element Analysis...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you