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When should you consider a child custody evaluation?

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2023 | Family Law

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.

Safety concerns

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.

Stability issues

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.

Child’s preferences

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.