Are you worried about the outcome of your child custody dispute? If so, then you need to do everything in your power to present your side of the case, which should align with your child’s best interests. After all, that is how the court is going to assess the matter. But when you and your child’s other parent can’t negotiate a resolution to these matters, a judge who knows very little about your family will have to decide on it. This can be daunting for judges, which is why they often order a child custody evaluation.
Here, an evaluator will investigate all relevant facts and make recommendations to the court with regard to child custody and visitation. As part of their investigation, an evaluator will meet with the parents to interview them. This interview is aimed at assessing the various factors that go into a child custody determination, such as the moral fitness of each parent, the love and bond between the child and each parent, and each parent’s ability to provide the child with a safe and stable home.
There are other aspects of the investigation, too. The child may be interviewed to determine his or her preference, and the evaluator may assess school records and other records, such as medical records, that have a bearing on the child’s condition in each parent’s care.
Once the report is written it is submitted to the court. The judge will rely on it pretty heavily in making its determination, but that’s not to say that you won’t have the opportunity to challenge it, if needed. This tactic requires a delicate touch, though, as you don’t want to come across as minimizing issues that have been found to be pertinent to the child’s best interests.
Dealing with child custody evaluations can be stressful for everyone involved. However, with some preparation and an eye on how you can approach the completed report from a legal perspective, you might be able to utilize it to your and your child’s advantage.