Psychological Evaluation

Schaumburg, Palatine, and Barrington, Illinois Child Custody/Psychological Evaluation Lawyers

Anyone who has been through a child custody case knows that what matters most to the court is what is in the best interests of the child. This question of “best interest” typically depends upon a number of factors, such as the wishes of the child, their adjustment to a primary residence and community, the mental and physical health of everyone involved, etc. In evaluating these factors, the court will sometimes take into account any necessary psychological evaluations of the child, parents, or anyone else who might be relevant in the case.

These evaluations can play a major part in the court’s decision, as courts are typically more comfortable deferring to “experts” instead of trying to determine the mental and emotional needs of the child while operating in a vacuum. Thus, if you are involved in a child custody case where such an evaluation may possibly be sought, you will want to ensure that you work with an experienced family law attorney who is experienced in handling these specific types of evaluations in custody cases.

At Glasgow & Olsson, we have worked on many cases where psychological evaluations were relied upon and helped many clients obtain custody agreements that meet their needs and the needs of their children. We will carefully help explain how the process works to you, and work with you and outside experts to ensure that your child’s mental and emotional needs are protected in custody determinations. Contact us today for a free evaluation.

How Does it Work?

The conclusions of the “professional” doing the evaluation may be entered into evidence in court, and these professionals can also testify as the court’s witness. Typically, the report prepared by this professional must include, at a minimum:

  • The procedures used during the evaluation;
  • Any data collected;
  • Any test results;
  • Any conclusions related to the allocation of parental responsibilities; and
  • An explanation of any limitations that arose during the course of the evaluation; amongst other conclusions drawn by the expert.

This report must be sent to any and all attorneys and/or parties at least 60 days before the custody hearing, and can involve an interview with the child, parents, others in the community; a review of school and medical records; observations and home visits; and even psychological testing of the parents. In working with the professional conducting the psychological evaluation, you will want to also work closely with your attorney throughout the process because the professional evaluation can have a huge impact on your custody case.

Illinois Attorneys Here for You

If you are involved in a shared parenting/custody case and it is possible that the court will rely on a psychological evaluation at one point or another, contact us right away to schedule a consultation. It is crucial that we go over the process and ensure that you are protected from the get-go.