If you’re involved in a child custody case,and you can’t reach an agreement on legal decision making or parenting time arrangementsfor your children, you may consider asking the court to appoint a child custody evaluator.They’re going to look at all aspects of the child’s life, the parent’s relationship withthe child; they can speak to s, they can speak to teachers, they can speak to anyonewho has information relevant to what may be in the best interest of that child.
Preparing for a Child Custody Evaluation
It’s very important that you’re thoroughlyprepared before you start an evaluation with a child custody evaluator; it’s importantthat you understand the psychological testing that’s going to take place, it’s importantthat you understand each of the issues and your position on those issues, and it’s criticallyimportant that the child custody evaluator is informed of all of the important informationthat’s relevant to the child custody decision; if there’s past domestic violence they needto be informed about that, if one of the parents has been more of a primary care provider forthe child than the other parent, that’s important to explain to the child custody evaluator,and theres other things that are relevant
as well, but my point that I want to makenow is that you need to make sure that you outline every single issue so you don’t forgetanything thats relevant to any of the factors that, that child custody evaluator is goingto consider. With our clients, I prepare a detailed letter to the custody evaluator thatcan be 2030 pages long on a complex case; we attach exhibits so if there was domesticviolence, for example, we’re going to attach a copy of the police report, if there hasbeen damage to the home and there’s photographs of that, from domestic violence we’re goingto attach photographs of that to this letter, and we’ve outlined everything in detail sothe client can use that as a road map, but
the child custody evaluator has it in theirhands before our clients even start the process. It’s been our experience that these have beenvery helpful to our clients in getting them organized and prepared for that evaluationand in influencing the outcome of the child custody evaluators recommendations to thecourt.