In some cases, the decisions about child custody become contentious and challenging, making it difficult to reach an agreement. In those situations, couples may need a custody evaluation to create a comprehensive assessment of the circumstances. An evaluation determines the living situation that serves the best interest of the children.
There are a few times when a custody evaluation might help your case.
Conflict between parents
When significant conflict interferes with your ability to communicate and resolve disputes, this creates an unstable environment for the children. A custody evaluation assesses the effect of this conflict and provides a recommendation for a custody arrangement that ensures a safe, stable environment for the children.
Allegations of neglect
If you have concerns that the other parent is neglectful during their custodial time, express those concerns to the court and ask for a custody evaluation. Your child’s safety is the priority, and a custody evaluation can uncover any indications of abuse or neglect happening in either home.
Relocation can affect a child’s relationship with both parents, especially when one parent moves a significant distance away. A custody evaluation assesses the feasibility of the relocation and its potential effect on the child’s relationship with each parent so that parents, and the judge, make a more informed decision about the move.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than a quarter of U.S. children live with only one biological parent. As you and your spouse settle your divorce, prioritize your child’s well-being with custody evaluation to ensure that your custody settlement benefits your child.