ORDER APPOINTING CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATORSo the judge is appointing someone with child custody evaluator qualifications, and he is calling it a child custody evaluation, but he is not asking for a child custody recommendation.
THE COURT ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:
1. Name ... private child custody evaluator (name): Igor Inkblot, PhD
is appointed to perform a full or partial child custody evaluation in this matter under
2. The scope of the evaluation is (specify):To assess:3. Within 10 court days of receipt of this order and prior to commencing the evaluation, the child custody evaluator must file a Declaration of Child Custody Evaluator Regarding Qualifications (form FL 326) with the court, unless the person is a court connected employee who must annually file the Declaration of Child Custody Evaluator Regarding Qualifications (FL 326).
1. Do the parents have the ability to co-parent?
2. Are there any personality disorders or other mental illness that would impair parenting? What is the recommended treatment or solutions to these issues.
3. Are there any other psychological or behavioral issues that the Court should consider in determining what arrangement is in the best interest of the children.
In court, Judge Joseph said it this way:
THE COURT: So what we want to do is have a professional come to some conclusions with regard to a few issues. One issue is: Are the two of you able to co-parent? ...I hope that Dr. Inkblot can make sense out of this.
I want a full psych evaluation. Additionally, I want to determine whether there are any personality disorders that may get in the way of co-parenting. And also learn what solutions are available for those issues if they do exist. And lastly -
THE FATHER: That's for both of us?
THE COURT: So far the order includes you but it should be clear that both parents are participating in the psychological evaluation. I can call it family psych eval if you'd like. Does that make it more clear to you?
THE FATHER: But the psychologist will be determining if I have any personality disorders and [my wife] has any personality disorders?
THE COURT: True.
THE FATHER: okay.
THE COURT: And then lastly, are there any other psychological issues that need attention to allow you to be better parents.