Child custody battles can become long and ugly, so Florida judges may decide to call in a forensic psychologist. These professionals are often beneficial to a child custody case as they help in the development of settlements and arrangements.
What does the psychologist do?
Forensic psychologists come in when there are no other options available. They perform child custody evaluations that will gather information on where the child should live. This assists the judge in making a determination as he or she will get expert information.
How is a psychologist hired?
Judges can choose to hire a forensic psychologist for a child custody battle. One parent’s lawyer can also choose to hire this professional if they believe it will help, especially when the process seems to be at a standstill.
What is the evaluation?
The evaluation that is completed by the forensic psychologist consists of multiple interviews. The first set of interviews is done with the parents in which information on employment, home conditions and mental well-being may be given through a series of questions. The second interview is conducted with the child about where he or she would like to live. Finally, the psychologist may conduct interviews with those who are close to the family such as pastors, friends, neighbors, teachers and more to get information that has not yet been disclosed.
Though a child custody battle can be lengthy, a forensic psychologist can help ensure the outcome is fair. If you are or will be fighting for custody in court, you may want to contact a lawyer to help you negotiate the agreement you need for your child’s safety and well-being.