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.
Relocation evaluations, in my opinion, are unique. Like all evaluations, they require the evaluator to have multiple interviews with each parent, interviews with most children, observations of the child with each parent, collateral contacts with relevant people in the family's life, and a complete report focusing on the data that have been collected. Relocation evaluations are unique because they are so connected to the legal rules in your state and the fact that you are addressing the questions surrounding the move as well as the best interests of the child. As I will explain later in the chapter, the move-related issues that are being evaluated are one significant component of the evaluation, but so is the custodial arrangement and parenting plan in ...