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What is an evaluation?

In some cases, the judge decides that it is in the best interest of the child to have a child custody
evaluation.   A custody evaluation is an investigation into the facts of the case. Usually, the investigation
includes interviews with the parents, children, and other people who may have information about the
situation, like teachers, doctors, other relatives, or counselors. It can also include other important
reports that relate to the family, like court records, police reports, and reports from providers of anger
management or parenting classes.  The evaluator may also visit the home or the school site.
A custody evaluation generally takes up to 60 days.  And, usually, the parents must pay a fee for this

Who does the evaluation?
It depends. Sometimes it could be someone from Family Court Services at your court (but not your
mediator). Other times, the judge may appoint a private professional to do it.

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