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 relatives functioning or particular components of clash, pros ordering, accomplishing, or reviewing baby custody reviews require sound wisdom of 3 interrelated fields: up-todate felony matters, mental findings, and forensic tactics. A finished advisor to baby Custody reviews covers those 3 crucial parts to stroll readers during the overview strategy in actual fact and concisely. This targeted interdisciplinary booklet emphasizes specialist ethics, children’s mental overall healthiness, and transparent communique between all events as keys to resolving disputes with potency and thoroughness, and minimizing the possibilities of youngsters and their households getting misplaced in pink tape.

Among the Guide’s features:

• criminal criteria for custody reviews and recommendations.

• techniques for undertaking custody reviews, with the most recent facts on mental checking out, interviewing teenagers, and residential observations.

• instructions for writing: overview experiences, orders for reviews, parenting plans.

• criminal and moral criteria for critiquing assessment reports.

• present felony and research-based info on precise matters, together with substitute kinfolk preparations, scientific difficulties, baby sexual abuse, estrangement, and parental abduction.

• Reference and source sections offer extra support.

The Guide’s interdisciplinary process might be of important relief to forensic psychological healthiness execs in carrying out reviews and speaking effects, kin and probate judges in ordering and assessing custody reviews, and kin lawyers in determining how you can technique a number of features of the relations scenario, no matter if to request a custody evaluate, and the way to continue after the custody evaluate is done.

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Regardless of the source of the referral, the evaluator’s professional and ethical obligation is to the attorney, social service agency, and by extension to the Court (Condie, 2003). In practice, however, the evaluator’s report is often treated differently depending on the source of appointment. 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.

Some states have dealt with this issue by distinguishing between evaluations that need mental health experts and those that do not. , 2005b). Parenting Coordinator9 In 8–12% of custody disputes, the severe conflict does not end with the child custody evaluation and subsequent court order regarding a parenting plan. 10 In response to their frustration with the constant relitigation of these families, judges in some jurisdictions have begun to ROLES AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN CUSTODY DISPUTES • 13 delegate limited areas of authority over child custody issues to experienced mental health professionals and attorneys by appointing them as parenting coordinators.

During any stage of a care and protection matter, mental health professionals may be asked to evaluate different parties for different purposes. 8 In order to answer these questions, evaluators use procedures similar to those in regular child custody evaluations. The focus of care and protection evaluations is different from that in custody disputes between parents, however, because the referral questions are different. For example, when an evaluator is asked to do a parenting evaluation the emphasis is on parental fitness, or the parent’s ability to take care of the child(ren).

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