It is almost always best for parents to resolve child custody disputes outside of the courtroom. However, if you and your spouse cannot agree on important elements, such as where the child will live, then the courts may require a child custody evaluation.
If you are considering divorce in Florida, contact The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. Mr. Raheb is a Naples child custody attorney who can protect your financial and personal interests. He can answer any questions you have about family law, and he can help you avoid mistakes that could compromise your interests. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 866-949-0888.
In the meantime, read on to learn important details about child custody evaluations in Florida:
Child Custody Evaluations in Florida
Child custody evaluations are often complex matters. According to Florida Statutes, the court will typically appoint a psychologist who will conduct an evaluation in a judicial proceeding. The court and all parties must assume that the psychologist is acting in good faith.
According to Florida Law, the psychologist involved in the evaluation must follow the American Psychological Association guidelines for child custody evaluations. According to the APA, there are 14 individual guidelines that serve as the foundation for custody evaluations. These include the best interests of the child, the child’s welfare, parenting attributes and the child’s psychological needs.
What to Expect during a Child Custody Evaluation
The specific structure and process of the evaluation may vary according to the evaluator, but there are common elements in most child custody evaluations. The evaluator will interview you and your spouse at least once, but this may happen multiple times. The evaluator will schedule these interviews ahead of time and not arrive unannounced.
The evaluator will also interview the children who are at the center of the child custody matter. He or she may request to spend time with the children and parents at home or work in order to assess how they interact.
The evaluator may also request information from other people who have access to the children, such as teachers, doctors and therapists. You may also undergo a psychological test, either from the evaluator or another relevant professional.
If you feel uncomfortable about any of the processes during the child custody evaluation, you can consult a family lawyer who is familiar with the matter. It is important to raise these concerns at the time and not to wait until the evaluator makes a final decision.
If you and your spouse cannot agree to a child custody arrangement, then call the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. Mr. Raheb can provide an unbiased, legally sound opinion on the matter.
Despite any conflict that may have transpired, it may still be possible for you and your spouse to resolve these issues outside of court. To schedule a consultation with attorney Michael M. Raheb, call us today at 866-949-0888.