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The job of a custody evaluator

There are a number of steps in a child custody dispute. Indeed, there is an initial hearing, there may be a recommendation for mediation, then there may be a status hearing before the court. Before a trial is convened, the court may recommend that a custody evaluation be performed where a third party essentially conducts interviews and makes observations and then furnishes a report to the court.

But what does a custody evaluator look at? This post will highlight a few important elements. 

How stable is the child's home - One of the most important elements in evaluating the child's best interests is whether there is stability in the child's home. In evaluating this, observations are made about how long the child has lived in a parent's home and who else lives there. Of course, the home should represent safety and stability.

The parties' ability and willingness to co-parent - Another important element is how parents get along in co-parenting the child. Children tend to have fewer emotional problems when they don't have to worry about parents fighting. As such, the evaluator may look at how the parents communicate and work with each other to resolve disputes.

Relationships with others close to the child - A custody evaluator may also look at the relationships the child may have with grandparents, aunts and uncles and other extended family members. At the same time the evaluator may be concerned about how little the child may see another parent's family members.

Yes, preparing for a custody evaluator may be stressful; but this is where you can lean on the advice of an experienced family law attorney. 

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