What You Need To Know About A Psychological Evaluation For Custody

If you are going through a divorce and have children, you will most likely be asked to undergo a psychological evaluation for custody. Here are some things that you should expect with the evaluation.

1. The Evaluation Will Be Done By A Professional

You cannot get the evaluation done by just anyone. Instead, you will have to go to a certified psychologist who has been trained in both the law and clinical psychology. Usually a family law attorney will refer you to the psychologist for evaluation.

The psychologist will do a series of tests, such as the MMPI-2, to determine the mental health of each family member. This will help them to determine who is most fit to care for the children.

2. Every Family Member Will Be Evaluated

In most cases the courts will ask that everyone be evaluated. This is because they need to see if each parent is fit to keep the child. They need to make sure that the parent is not a danger to the child or themselves before they give the parent custody.

In addition, the psychologist will talk to the children. This way the psychologist can determine the emotional health of the children to see if one parent would be better suited for the child’s needs, or if there is any cause to believe there is abuse.

It should be noted that many parents are worried that the spouse, or children, might lie during the evaluation. Although a psychologist cannot detect every lie that is told, they have been trained to be able to see cries for help, defensive actions, glossed-over truths, and other unfair statements. Thus, you shouldn’t be too worried about the spouse saying something unfair about you. Many psychologists have seen their fair share of fighting couples and can tell when something is legitimate and when it is just used to get back at the other person.

3. Does Every Case Need To Be Evaluated?

Many people wonder if every divorce case will need to be evaluated by a professional. Even though it is common for a psychologist to evaluate the family, if both spouses can come to an agreement about the custody of the children and happily agree on its terms, they might not have to see a psychologist.

An evaluation is more common for people who are unable to reach a solution about custody, or who are making claims against the spouse about their ability to care for the children. 

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *