When there are minor children of the marriage, questions regarding one parent’s fitness to have custody or visitation (time-sharing) may be a critical factor that needs to be determined.
One spouse may be mentally incompetent and unable to participate in divorce proceedings as a competent person would be able to. For example, the person may have had a head injury or a stroke. A psychological evaluation can indicate whether a different timetable or protocol applies in a divorce.
In determining a child custody order, a Florida family law court considers the best interest of a child above all. Social investigations may figure into the determination of child custody orders, along with an evaluation of parenting plans.
Quite often, two good parents both want custody of a child, and neither is allegedly “bad” or “incompetent.” In some cases, input from qualified professionals, such as a psychological evaluation, can be vitally helpful. Just as an accountant can testify knowledgeably about financial aspects of a child custody matter, so can a psychologist or other professional provide useful information through a psychological evaluation.
If you face a challenging child custody case, you have come to the right central Florida family law firm. We have several decades of experience handling complex divorce and custody cases, including cases where psychological examinations may be needed.
Keep in mind that psychological evaluations are quite costly. Before you embark on this road to a resolution, you will want to know whether the situation warrants the expense.
Also, keep in mind that there is no guarantee of a particular outcome beforehand. Therefore, you will need to reflect carefully on the amount of risk you are willing to take as you pursue a particular outcome.
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Contact our office to discuss your family law questions such as child custody. Evaluation? Lawyers at our firm can help determine whether it is likely a productive idea to request and pay for psychological evaluations.
Our Orlando attorneys are prepared to give you an honest assessment of the legal issues involved in your divorce or child custody case and let you know how we can help.