Custody Evaluation Process

The child custody evaluation process can be a critical step in a custody dispute. With nearly 30 years of experience advocating for children and parents in Pennsylvania, attorney Deborah Zitomer will prepare you for this important step by educating you about the process and setting expectations. This approach ensures that you are prepared and won't be caught off guard by any aspect of this important process.

The goal of the custody evaluation is to gather details about a child's life including their home environment, caregivers and education. Information related to these details is then used to help determine what is in a child's best interest.

Steps In The Custody Evaluation Process

The following factors can affect your child custody evaluation:

  • Selection of an evaluator — In many cases, you will have a say in the mental health professional chosen to conduct the child custody evaluation.
  • Psychological testing — The mental health of the parents is an important consideration in child custody determinations.
  • Home visit — The evaluator will want to observe the child with each parent in the home environment.
  • Office visit — The evaluator will talk to the child and the parents in an office setting to gain insight on the situation.
  • Additional interviews — Doctors, teachers and other individuals involved in the child's life may be interviewed by the evaluator during the child custody evaluation process.

With so much at stake, this process can be scary and intimidating. By educating you about what to expect and what you can do, we aim to make the process less threatening.

Since 1990, Deborah Zitomer, Esquires, LLC has provided representation to parents in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and throughout the Greater Philadelphia area who are facing issues related to child custody.

For more information about the child custody evaluation process and how we can help, call our law firm at 610-879-8473 or send us a message through our online contact form.