Over the past five to 10 years, there has been a significant increase in the use of child custody evaluations by the courts. At the same time, the issues have become more complex and difficult. In this book, the author provides a theoretical and practical understanding of many of the issues. A key component is the integration of disparate research findings into a comprehensive resource that will enable the evaluator and the court to understand these complex issues. A second component is to provide a thorough understanding of the fact that divorce brings with it a set of complex needs, and evaluators and the courts must develop a paradigm for weighing these needs in a comprehensive manner.
An increasingly mobile society often forces parents to choose between a career and family. When one parent needs (or wants) to move and the other parent needs (or wants) to stay, children become victims in a battle over parenting time, custody, and visitation. In increasing numbers, judges are seeking the assistance of child custody evaluators to determine “the best interests of the child” in these relocation cases. For the child custody evaluator, move-away cases are among the most difficult and emotionally sensitive, often because there is no middle ground that can reduce the conflict or potential risks to the child.
Review of the Literature
As with many areas of family law and child custody evaluation, there is a scarcity of research or writing on ...