Court-Appointed Psychological Evaluations In Domestic Relations Cases

Judicial officers will sometimes appoint a psychologist to perform psychological evaluations on parents during litigation that involves children. Sometimes the judicial officer will require that only one parent or the other undergo an evaluation, and sometimes both parents must submit to an evaluation - depending on his or her specific concerns.

These evaluations are generally less involved than custody/parenting time evaluations. For instance, children are usually interviewed and assessed for custody/parenting time evaluations, however, these psychological evaluations usually focus primarily on the mental health of the parent(s) as it relates to their ability to  fulfill their parental roles. Also, these evaluation reports typically do not include specific custody or parenting time recommendations, but may include therapeutic recommendations and address concerns that may pertain to custody or parenting time.

If you are going to receive a court-ordered psychological  evaluation through this office, please print out and complete the forms below and either forward them before your appointment or bring them with you to the appointment.