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 basic kinfolk functioning or particular parts of clash, pros ordering, carrying out, or reviewing baby custody reviews require sound wisdom of 3 interrelated fields: up-todate criminal concerns, mental findings, and forensic tactics. A entire consultant to baby Custody reviews covers those 3 crucial components to stroll readers during the review method sincerely and concisely. This specific interdisciplinary booklet emphasizes expert ethics, children’s mental overall healthiness, and transparent communique between all events as keys to resolving disputes with potency and thoroughness, and minimizing the probabilities of kids and their households getting misplaced in crimson tape.

Among the Guide’s features:

• felony criteria for custody reviews and recommendations.

• tactics for engaging in custody reviews, with the most recent info on mental trying out, interviewing childrens, and residential observations.

• directions for writing: review experiences, orders for reviews, parenting plans.

• criminal and moral criteria for critiquing review reports.

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

• Reference and source sections offer extra support.

The Guide’s interdisciplinary method should be of worthy relief to forensic psychological future health execs in carrying out reviews and speaking effects, relatives and probate judges in ordering and assessing custody reviews, and kinfolk legal professionals in identifying the best way to procedure a variety of elements of the kinfolk scenario, even if to request a custody overview, and the way to continue after the custody evaluate is done.

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1 ROLES FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS Attorney When acting as an attorney for one of the separating or divorcing parties, one’s responsibility is to serve the interests of that party rather than the entire family. The code of conduct for matrimonial attorneys does require that attorneys consider the welfare of the child, however. Furthermore, attorneys are officers of the Court, which imposes a duty for them to consider what is best for the children and not to mislead the Court. 2 As discussed in Chapter 5, there is some variation between collaborative and adversarial models of legal practice.

In this context the mental health professional is acting as an expert witness, whose testimony is allowed on the basis of their training, expertise, and adherence to scientific principles of data collection and inference formation (Fed. 26 A mental health professional may become an expert witness in two basic ways. One way is for the Court to request that the professional provide information about child development, family dynamics in divorce, general psychological principles and research, or other matters related but not limited to a case.

These evaluations take longer (usually 2–4 months) than problem-focused evaluations and involve many more components (clinical interviews with parents and children, parent-child observations, home visits, collateral interviews, extensive document review, and sometimes psychological testing). 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.

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