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What is a Child Custody Evaluation in Texas?

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shutterstock_558905266.jpgIf you are seeking to establish a conservatorship or you are in the middle of a divorce that involves child custody arrangements, you may find yourself in a situation where a child custody evaluation is ordered. For some parents, this news can be daunting, but when you enter the situation equipped with an understanding of what child custody evaluations entail, you might feel more reassured at the time of the evaluation. 

Child Custody Evaluation Definition 

A child custody evaluation is typically a court-ordered assessment used to look closely at a child's family dynamics and living environment. However, evaluations can also be requested by a parent or parents. Either way, a child custody evaluation can be thought of as a test of reassurance in which the court seeks confirmation that the living arrangements and home environment of a child or children are safe for them. Child custody evaluations are often ordered in situations regarding parenting plans or prior to conservatorship decisions in Texas. 

Other possible reasons for a child custody evaluation may include the following: 

  • Potential for neglect 

  • Suspicion of child abuse 

  • A request from the custodial parent to relocate 

  • Domestic violence in the home 

  • Substance abuse, including drugs and alcohol 

  • History of mental illnesses 

Who Conducts a Child Custody Evaluation? 

A child custody evaluation in Texas may be conducted by one of the following professionals: 

  • Licensed social worker 

  • Psychologist 

  • Psychiatrist 

  • Counselor 

  • Therapist 

It is important to note that whoever conducts a child custody evaluation has been ordered by the court to do so. As such, people who are appointed to carry out an evaluation of this kind have your child’s best interests in mind. 

Reach Out To a Llano County Child Custody Lawyer 

If you are preparing for an upcoming child custody evaluation, interested in seeking custody of your children, or wanting to request a child custody evaluation yourself, the best plan of action is to reach out to an experienced child custody lawyer who understands the law in Texas. Call 325-216-2006 today to schedule your consultation with a Marble Falls child custody attorney. With over a decade of experience practicing law, we are more than willing to assist you by answering your questions, helping you understand what to expect with child custody cases, and representing you in court.



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