Preparing for your child custody evaluation

On behalf of South Tampa Law Group posted in child custody on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

If you are going through a divorce in Florida, you should be prepared for the settlement of several issues, including child custody. The courts may enact a child custody evaluation in order to decide who should have primary responsibility for your children’s care. It is important for you to know what to expect in order to prepare yourself for the evaluation process. Here at the Law Firm of Chris E. Ragano, we understand the necessity of maintaining a child’s best interests, and we often help parents maintain the ideal living arrangement to meet their needs.

A child custody evaluation would include interviews with both you and your spouse, but it could involve other investigations as well, according to the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. The purpose of the entire process is to have a better understanding of your family’s dynamics, including the children’s needs and the ability of the parents to meet those needs. Some judges request a psychological evaluation, which a mental health professional would perform. They may also ask for your children’s health and school records in order to know your children’s history more fully.

The evaluation may include an interview with your children as well. While this may seem intimidating, the goal is to keep the children as relaxed as possible and get honest responses from them. The interviewers generally have extensive experience working with children in these situations, and they understand how to put your children at ease.

Your primary responsibility during the evaluation is to be honest and cooperative. You do not have to show the judge that you are a perfect parent, but rather that you are invested in your children’s well-being, and you are equipped to meet their physical and emotional needs. You can find more information on our web page about children’s best interests during divorce.