This is our final article in our series about the 730 Evaluation. This one focuses on how to prepare yourself for the process. Here are some tips taken from Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Family Law Proceedings published in 2009 and available on the American Psychological Association website (Download PDF).
Of all these points, the one most difficult for parents is separating their divorce issues from the custody situation. Additionally, many enter this evaluation to control the percentage of time spent with each parent f or the purposes of determining the amount of child support payments. Remember that your child needs both parents and has a right to love both of you. Sometimes bringing a picture of your child and setting it on a nearby surface during conferences helps in keeping the focus on him or her.
Base your life as a parent on the following points and your child Will benefit it, not only as a result of the evaluation but from a healthy childhood.
Unfortunately, when our family dissolves, we cannot agree and must sometimes turn to evaluators to decide how to best raise our children. But before you enter into the 730 evaluation, consider the fact that most parents do not have to go to such extremes to provide for the present and future of their precious children. They find a way to agree and provide for their kids. The evaluation is gut-wrenching and expensive.
While sometimes necessary, it is the last resort for people who cannot act IN THE CHILD'S BEST INTEREST.
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