Forensic evaluations (also referred to as custody evaluations) can be a useful tool in child custody litigation but can also be costly and time consuming.
So what does a forensic evaluation entail, and why is it used? Will your child have to undergo a stressful psychological evaluation?
The Forensic Evaluation Process:
The forensic evaluation process typically entails the appointment of a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health expert to evaluate the family in question through the review of various documents, a series of tests and interviews, and information gathered from third parties.
Forensic evaluations are typically used in cases where a couple simply cannot agree to the legal and/or residential custody of a child or if there are concerns with abuse, mental health issues, or substance abuse.
A judge may order a forensic evaluation on his or her own volition, or a party may request that an evaluation be completed.
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