Child Custody Evaluations
Question: What is a Child Custody Evaluation?
Answer: A holistic assessment focused on the “best interests” of the child(ren).
- Meant to help families make a positive adjustment to divorce, or other significant life change, by giving parents and child(ren) the opportunity to share their feelings with a licensed psychologist.
- Considers broadly the child’s developmental level, as well as their unique individual needs.
- Equally weighs the strengths and limitations of both parents.
- Considers equally the rights of both parents, be they male or female, same-sex or traditional relationship.
- Provides judges with the information they need to make the final child custody decision.
Question: What happens in a Child Custody Evaluation?
Answer: In-person interviews with parents and child(ren).
- Psychological testing with parents and child(ren), as needed.
- Information gathering (various documents; interviews with relevant parties; etc.)