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Children's Developmental Needs
Children's developmental needs

As cited earlier in this book, custody evaluations are about the children. Whether the focus is on parental alienation, domestic violence, 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 parents present to formulate recommendations which best address the needs of the children and the ability of each parent to meet those needs.

In general, these needs will be impacted by developmental criteria, the temperament and emotional functioning of the child, the relationships that the child has with each parent, the degree to which the child is both directly and indirectly impacted by the parental conflict, and the child's wishes (greater weight ...

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