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.

Fundamental Questions in Most Custody Evaluations

Fundamental Questions in Most Custody Evaluations

Fundamental questions in most custody evaluations

As indicated earlier, custody evaluations are usually requested by the courts or the attorneys in order to address some specific question or questions about the divorce of the parents, usually as it relates to the parenting plan for the children, referred to in many states as “custody and access.” These questions can be rather narrow or they may be complex. In this chapter, I will focus on the fundamental questions involved in nearly all custody evaluations. Essentially, there are five main topics that I will focus on. These include (1) “the best interests of the child;” (2) the bond between the child and his parents or siblings; (3) psychological dysfunction, the capacity to parent, ...

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