Call Now

Call Now

Call Now


The Checklist to Prepare for a Child Custody, Parenting or Visitation Evaluation

Disputes over child custody, parenting time or visitation are often referred to third party professionals to investigation the matter fully and make a recommendation to the court.1 This process often leads to settlement and more streamlined trials. However, a court, who must use its discretion and make a child custody determination is not bound by an evaluator’s recommendations, but is likely to follow them.

Custody cases usually involve a great-deal of emotion and “he-said, she-said.” For this reason, the key point of the evaluator—making a best interests recommendation to the court--is difficult and time consuming. Evaluators are not perfect and there is a great deal a parent or third party going to a custody evaluation can do to make the evaluator’s task easier. This may result in a more complete evaluation, report to the court, and more comprehensive recommendations.

What follows are items that parties sometimes take to custody evaluations to aid the evaluator:

  • Letters from people who have observed the given party and their parenting with the child.
  • List of names and address of people the custody evaluator may want or need to speak with in the course of the process, including doctors, teachers, and babysitters.
  • Documents demonstrating key issues, which may range from photos to medical records.
  • Logs and other lists memorializing custody, parenting time and visitation issues that have arisen between the parties.
  • Formal materials related to the parties and/or children, including CPS reports, police reports, and counseling/therapy records.

We hope you find this blog post on information useful to understanding the process of a custody evaluation; and in doing so, aid the depth Indiana lawyers and judges go to make sure the children’s best interests are met. This blog post was written by attorneys at Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., whose advocates practice across the state.

  1. A good general discussion of custody evaluations is set forth in a recent case of the Indiana Court of Appeals, In re the Guardianship of C.R., et al., ___ N.E.3d ___ (2014 WL 6686623).
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on email

We Listen & Care

Proven & experienced attorneys successfully advocating & resolving complex cases for over 25 years

Quick Contact

Need to talk now? Fill out the quick form below and we will contact you directly.
Blog Categories

Get In Touch

We're available to answer your questions 24/7.

Related Videos