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Child Custody Evaluations

"The Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act (National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 1979) recommends that in determining custody, the court consider the interaction and interrelationship of the child with his or her parent or parents, his or her siblings, and other persons who may significantly affect the child's best interests. 

The emotional ties and goodness of interaction between the child and each parent competing for custody is an important consideration in determining the child's best interest." (Taken from Munsinger, and Karlson, 1994).

We take the process of the evaluation of child custody very seriously since the information from such an evaluation may have a huge impact on the court's decision regarding custody and subsequently the life of the child.

In accordance with the above, PSI provides a structured approach in custody evaluation by employing the Uniform Child Custody Evaluation System (UCCES), which is a structured format for the purpose of collecting information and disseminating information in the process of child custody evaluations. 

The process entails acquiring Parent's Family/Personal History Questionnaires, a Child History Questionnaire, all legal records, psychological tests for each parent, psychological testing of the child, behavior observations of the parent-child interaction, home visits, and possible information form collateral sources (such as teachers of the child, friends, neighbors, therapists, others)

We welcome any discussion about the provision of services and fees prior to contracting for services.