Tag: social worker evaluations

What to Expect After a Social Study

Friends, I get letters and eMails every day asking questions about their specific court cases. I will try to find the best ones and sharing my answers weekly. Below is an eMail from a step-Dad asking, “What to Expect After a Social Study” regarding his wife’s child custody process.

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Why Child Custody Evaluations are So Stressful Part 3 of 4

Cooperation: the Key to a Successful Custody Evaluation. Cooperate. If you are looking for one word that will prepare you for your child custody evaluation, and give you the best chance of gaining custody of Johnny, that’s it. Cooperate. Do you want to be there? No. Do you have to be there? No. Only if you want custody of your child. And that means cooperate under every circumstance.

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Why Child Custody Evaluations are so Stressful Part 2 of 4

A child custody evaluation usually begins with a court-appointed psychologist to conduct a family assessment. Depending on the situation, this evaluation could involve a step-parent, fiancé, or live-in partner. The questioning should include questioning the parents together or separate, and perhaps the more mature children. If interrogated separately, parents should be asked the similar questions covering the same topics/concerns and should address the well-being of the children.

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Why Child Custody Evaluations are so Stressful Part 1 of 4

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.

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Subpoenaing Key Witnesses for Hearings

You would not be fighting for custody if you didn’t think you are the better parent, or at least better than your Ex. Your position is a given, otherwise you would not be involved in your custody case. Therefore in regards to your testimony, almost anybody else testimony carries more weight than yours.

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7 Custody Facts You Need to Focus On

What you do with your spare time, how you conduct yourself, what you say on social media is now up for evaluation in child custody. So all things being equal, what does your custody case really come down too? What elements should you be focused on?

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7 Custody Facts You Need to Ignore

What is it that you wonder about, that you question whether they come into play or not? What is it that might seem important, but are never actually in play or at least not suppose to be in play, or don’t come into play unless they negatively affect the child? What are some custody facts you need to ignore?

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Be Prepared for Your Child Custody Evaluation

In 90% of divorces involving children, the parents manage to reach an agreement regarding child custody. However, if you and your Ex aren’t able to accomplish that, the court will step in and determine the appropriateness of each parent’s role in their child’s upbringing.

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How Well Do You Know Your Children?

Wendy Thomas, daughter of Dave Thomas, a workaholic and founder of Wendy’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers, once said she wasn’t sure if her dad knew where she attended high school. This isn’t an indictment against Mr. Thomas’s parenting skills, although one has to believe his wife took the lion’s share of the child-rearing tasks while he oversaw the making of hamburgers.

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What is a Child Custody Social Study?

A child custody social study, home study, or custody evaluation, is sometimes a court ordered document from which a judge may seek additional information on who should be the primary custodial parent. May times, especially in my home state of Texas, judges will ask social workers or custody evaluators to perform a social study to learn home details that they cannot otherwise determined through courtroom proceedings.

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Your Kids Need Their Own Room at Your Place

The kids’ stuff shouldn’t be able to fit easily into a backpack, or even into a nice set of luggage. Their room needs to be decorated, pictures on the wall, games and books, stuff to do; it needs to look like a room your kids live in permanently, not just…

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