How to Structure and Write Custody Evaluation Reports
Everything you need to know about structuring and
writing a comprehensive custody evaluation

This book will help in all of the following areas:

  • The importance of understanding what must be included in a truly comprehensive evaluation.
  • What evaluators should do when they cannot secure the cooperation of all the critical participants.
  • The importance of clarifying the complex rules of confidentiality that apply in forensic evaluations.
  • The importance of clarifying fee arrangements.
  • The importance of determining in advance who will receive a copy of the report.
  • The extreme importance of clarifying whether the individual who seeks the services of the mental health professional has a legal right to waive confidentiality for the involved children and to give permission for the evaluation to take place.
  • The need to understand the complex issues that surround addressing the so called "ultimate issue."
  • The need to clarify the evaluator's possible appearance in a courtroom setting.
  • Who should the evaluator communicate with prior to conducting the evaluation?
  • How to make sure the critical legal criteria of custody dispute resolution (state level) are addressed.
  • How to determine which of the three major categories of purpose your evaluation will fit.
  • How to make sure you have included the one important section that if missing in your report, judges and attorneys will not pay attention to it.
  • How to make sure the nine essential goals of a comprehensive custody evaluation are covered in your report.
  • How to make sure your evaluation gathers information from multiple but independent sources.
  • PLEASE NOTE that most mental health professionals do really not understand or pay attention to what it means when one speaks of the need for independently-derived sources of information.

  • How to make sure that one's observation scenarios are scientifically up to date.
  • How to make sure the necessary observation scenarios are included, without which observations cannot be scientifically defended.
  • The importance of focusing on the unique fit between a particular child and parent.
  • Dealing with complex issues like relocation, that is, if a primary custodial parent seeks to move away.
  • A fifteen category written evaluation format is recommended.

This book includes every word of a current full-scale custody evaluation as written by Dr. Bricklin and Dr. Elliot.