When two parents or caregivers are unable to reach an agreement regarding child custody and/or when there are concerns about the appropriateness/safety/living environment/etc. of one or both parents to be able to meet the needs of their child/children, a custody evaluation can be court-ordered. These require that a trained mental health professional conduct an objective, thoughtful, and comprehensive assessment of you, your child/children, and your co-parent to make recommendations to the court regarding custody, visitation, and/or a parenting plan, with the best interests of the child/children in mind. These evaluations will include interviews with all parties (parents and children). These may also include information gathering where the therapist may request information from other family members, school or health records, social services or police information, etc, and written paper/pencil tests intended to assess emotional and mental status.
If you need a custody evaluation, please have your attorney contact us.