What You Need to Know About Child Custody Evaluations

May 12th, 2017

Ronald Johnston, one of the most experienced divorce lawyers in Portland Oregon, wants parents to know all about child custody evaluations.

In contested custody cases, an expert evaluator is tasked with interviewing and assessing parents, children, and references. Then, this evaluator makes a recommendation to the court about custody.

These child custody evaluations are not binding, but Oregon courts generally follow their advice. Therefore, it’s very important to choose the right expert and then cooperate with this expert.

Evaluators are usually psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers. They can be from the private or public sector.

Both parties have a say in hiring the evaluator. If they can’t decide on an evaluator, the court will appoint one.

The selection of an evaluator is very important. That’s why it’s important to have someone like Ronald Johnston on your side. He has experience working with many evaluators. He knows what each one is looking for and how they react to different situations.

Evaluators interview the parents and the child. They may interview them separately or together. The evaluator may also interview other family members, friends, and third parties.

Of all the divorce lawyers in Portland Oregon, Ronald Johnston is one of the most experienced at counseling clients through a child custody evaluation. To contact Ronald Johnston, click here.

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