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Covering the mental health expert's many roles as therapist, mediator, evaluator, consultant to attorneys, expert witness, and more, Philip M. Stahl's Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: From Basic to Complex Issues addresses key topics such as the best interests of the child, custody and time share, divorce and its impact on children, and children's developmental needs. From tackling the terror of testifying to critiquing your own child custody evaluations and avoiding bias inherent in this work, this practical and easy-to-read book offers comprehensive coverage vital to practitioners in this field.
Chapter 5: 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 ...