A court-appointed child custody evaluator should act as an independent expert and not as a parental advocate. The evaluator should conduct a comprehensive interview that provides the court with an accurate, balanced picture of the family situation. This is tremendously stressful for all family members. Most parents are understandably concerned about undergoing a child custody evaluation.
They worry about everything from what to wear to how to present themselves to wondering if the other parent will paint the other one in a negative light. And all of that highlights the real fear. In most cases, it’s a first time for each parent, so neither one knows what to expect, or how to prepare for this stressful time.
The Fate of Winning Custody May Rest on your Child Custody Evaluation
In my state of Texas, Child custody evaluations are mandatory and judges almost always go with the recommendation of the social worker or evaluator. Therefore this evaluation is critical, important and even stressful. Read How to Prepare for a Court Appointed Social Study.
In an effort to help parents cope with the uncertainty of child custody evaluations, next time, we will offer some preparation tips.
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