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A Comprehensive Guide to Child Custody Evaluations: Mental by Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D (auth.), Joanna Bunker

By Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D (auth.), Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D (eds.)

Whether assessing normal relations functioning or particular parts of clash, execs ordering, engaging in, or reviewing baby custody reviews require sound wisdom of 3 interrelated fields: up-todate felony concerns, mental findings, and forensic tactics. A finished consultant to baby Custody reviews covers those 3 crucial parts to stroll readers during the review technique truly and concisely. This precise interdisciplinary booklet emphasizes expert ethics, children’s mental wellbeing and fitness, and transparent verbal exchange between all events as keys to resolving disputes with potency and thoroughness, and minimizing the possibilities of youngsters and their households getting misplaced in purple tape.

Among the Guide’s features:

• criminal criteria for custody reviews and recommendations.

• strategies for accomplishing custody reviews, with the newest information on mental checking out, interviewing young ones, and residential observations.

• directions for writing: assessment reviews, orders for reviews, parenting plans.

• felony and moral criteria for critiquing overview reports.

• present criminal and research-based details on unique concerns, together with substitute family members preparations, scientific difficulties, baby sexual abuse, estrangement, and parental abduction.

• Reference and source sections supply extra support.

The Guide’s interdisciplinary technique could be of precious reduction to forensic psychological well-being execs in accomplishing reviews and speaking effects, kinfolk and probate judges in ordering and assessing custody reviews, and relations lawyers in identifying tips to strategy quite a few elements of the family members scenario, even if to request a custody assessment, and the way to continue after the custody overview is done.

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Markan and Weinstock argue that comprehensive child custody evaluations should be “the exception, not the rule” because “not all family challenges necessitate an exhaustive assessment” (2005, p. 467). Others contend that it is impossible to do an adequate evaluation in a brief time, as crucial pieces of information are bound to be omitted or distorted. The existing guidelines and standards call for comprehensive evaluations where the evaluator conducts a thorough, impartial assessment of each family member and of the overall family interactions.

When appointed by the Court, the evaluator reports directly to the Court and the written MODELS AND GUIDELINES • 35 report belongs to the Court. When hired by DSS, the report is owned by DSS and is sent directly to them. When hired by the attorney for the parent or the child, the attorney owns the report. When either DSS or an attorney hires the evaluator, they may choose whether or not to use the report in the court proceedings. Recently I have found that an increasing number of attorneys contract to receive a verbal report once the data is collected; if the results are not beneficial to their client’s case, they then ask that a written report not be submitted.

29. Weinstock & Markan (2006) have argued for the development of formalized training guidelines for child custody evaluators and practitioners in family law psychology. The content they recommend is similar to that listed in Box 5, which is based on previous recommendations by the California Court system (Cal. R. , 2005b, 2005c) and professional associations such as the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC, 2007) and the American Psychological Association (APA, 1994). 3 MODELS AND GUIDELINES FOR CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATIONS THEMES IN GUIDELINES A number of professional organizations have issued guidelines to ensure that child custody evaluations are done in a thorough, impartial manner that provides the Court with sufficient information to make a decision that is in the best interests of the children involved.

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