Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: A Comprehensive Guide

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: A Comprehensive Guide

Article excerpt

Contests over child custody within the legal system number among the most problematic situations for families and, most especially, children. With the growing number of these disputes, courts look more and more to mental health professionals to offer their expertise in the form of child custody evaluations. This is a quite specific expertise that requires substantial additional learning for any therapist/evaluator.

Conducting Child Custody Evaluations is a welcome addition to the literature that therapists can draw upon in developing this expertise. It is written in the form of a primer on custody evaluation, and herein lies its strengths and weaknesses. Its strengths lie in presenting the basic issues in custody evaluation, in defining the relevant terms, in naming the fundamental questions, and in providing a structure for interviews and a format for reports. The book is especially strong in providing almost 100 pages of appendix with sample questionnaires, reports, letters, and court orders, as well as reprints of ethical guidelines. The beginning evaluator can learn much here about what to ask, how to interface with the legal system, how to avoid common pitfalls, and where to obtain forms and tests. …

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