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.

Cultural Issues in Evaluations

Cultural issues in evaluations
RosemaryVasquez, LCSW

Cultural issues may be a significant component of a child custody evaluation. Many people identify themselves along a cultural or racial continuum. How a person identifies himself or herself will be very individual to that person. The impact related to the family dynamics may be affected by that identification. In this chapter, I will provide my perspective on how this occurs and on the issues that are important for custody evaluators. The cultural identification may vary according to the individual, and it is important for the evaluator to understand the words people use in their own identification.

For example, Spanish-speaking individuals may be identified by their country of origin (Puerto Rican, Mexican, etc.). The term Hispanic was created ...

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