A Child Custody Evaluation Is:

  • An objective assessment of the children’s needs and each parent’s ability to meet those needs.
  • An opportunity to focus on the best interests of the child.

A Child Custody Evaluation Does Not:

  • Determine fault or blame for your divorce.
  • Take one parent’s side against the other.

 

Child Custody Evaluation (with or without home studies):

ALL:      

  • Mental Status Exam
  • Clinical Assessment
  • BioPsychoSocial Assessment
  • Parent-Child Interaction Observations
  • Best Interest of Child Assessment
  • Assessment of Abuse
  • Comprehensive Written Report and Recommendations-as ordered/requested

PARENTS:       

  • Assessment of Custody Suitability (Physical)
  • Parenting Skills/Fitness Evaluation (Emotional)
  • Assessment Tools (as deemed appropriate and necessary)

Home Study Criteria

 

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