Child Custody Evaluation
A child custody evaluation is a process in which a mental health professional evaluates you, your child, and your co-parent to make a recommendation to the court regarding custody and visitation. The purpose of all custody evaluations is to ensure that the needs of children are being met as best as possible. This assessment requires the evaluator to pay particular attention to the skills and deficits of parenting attributes in tandem with the psychological needs of the child.
The most common reason for a child custody evaluation being performed is if parents are unable to work together to decide on the details of their custody agreement. The other common reason for a custody evaluation is when one or both co-parents believe that their current custody agreement does not meet the needs of their child or children.
In both cases, the judge presiding over the case will order a custody evaluation to give the parents and the court recommendations for the best parenting arrangements.