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Child Considerations in Custody Recommendations
Child considerations in custody recommendations

Whether focusing on parental alienation, domestic violence, sexual abuse, relocation, or high conflict between the parents, custody evaluations are about the needs of children. The task for a child custody evaluator is to integrate the diverse data that parents present to formulate recommendations that best address the needs of the children with the ability of each parent to meet those needs.

In general, these needs will be influenced by developmental criteria, the temperament and emotional functioning of the child, the attachments of the child with each parent, the degree to which the child is both directly and indirectly affected by the parental conflict, and the child's wishes (greater weight is given as the child gets older). In ...

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