Child custody matters often become contentious when the parents cannot reach an agreement. Sometimes, a child custody evaluation is the best way to identify the custody solution that is in the child’s best interest.
There are a few common situations when a child custody evaluation is the right option.
High-conflict divorce situations
When the relationship between you and your spouse is hostile or you struggle to communicate, a child custody evaluation eliminates the dispute. The evaluation comes from a neutral party whose sole purpose is determining what is in your child’s best interest.
If either parent has concerns for their child’s safety during the time with the other parent, a child custody evaluation is beneficial. The evaluation can uncover signs of abuse, neglect and unsafe living environments. The evaluator conducts a thorough assessment of each parent’s ability to provide the living situation that the children need.
Children depend on consistency and stability for their emotional well-being and their sense of safety. If one parent has a history of unstable employment, frequent relocations and other stability challenges that could disrupt your child’s daily routines, ask for a child custody evaluation as soon as possible.
In some instances, the child’s preferences factor into the custody determination. A custody evaluation provides an opportunity for the child to express their comfort level and preferences within each living situation.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 21.4% of children lived with their mother in 2019, while only 4.4% lived with their father. Despite this trend, both parents should understand how to fight for their custodial rights, even when it means asking for a child custody evaluation to determine the best solution.