Uniform Child Custody Evaluation System (UCCES)

The Uniform Child Custody Evaluation System (UCCES) provides a method of gathering and organizing information during child custody evaluations. It proposes to standardize the process for evaluations as a remedy for the unsystematic methods and procedures that are frequently employed in these cases. Although it offers a specific process for structuring data collection, it does not specify which psychological tests or assessment instruments should be used. Research examining the psychometric properties of this system is currently lacking. The UCCES recommends that examiners provide a specific custody recommendation to the court, although the ethicality of addressing this “ultimate issue” is a matter of debate in the field.


Harry Munsinger and Kevin Karlson designed the UCCES to standardize the processes of conducting custody evaluations and providing recommendations ...

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