How To Be Prepared For A Psych Evaluation

Question about Psych Evaluation

Psycho-sexual evaluation in a divorce case, what should I know? as the non offending spouse, what should I know prior to meeting with the evaluator? what information is pertinent and what is going to make me sound less credible? I have 500 pages of material that is in the order that I can hand over to him, should I weed through it? or let him decide?

I keep feeling that I should have an attorney behind me for this part but my family doesn’t feel that way and the way the temp orders are written I don’t qualify for legal aid. even though there is no support getting paid, not even what is ordered. I am at a huge loss here and feel like i just need guidance for this part. this is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT part of the case. PLEASE as much advice on this as possible would be great.

Answer

I agree that you should consult with an attorney before going into a custody evaluation. The evaluation can have tremendous weight in the decision of the court. If you have some guidance, you will know better how to focus your comments. The best advice for the evaluation is to focus your comments on your children. An evaluation is not a time to talk about the difficulties of the marriage or the offenses of your spouse.

An evaluator is making a determination about what is in the best interests of the children. A spouse who speaks divisively about the other, may not be able to foster a healthy relationship for the children with the other parent. On the other hand, it is also important for you to describe how closely you are bonded with the children; what you do with them and how you help them stay close to the other parent. You will need to have mediation at some point as well. For more information, click on the link below “Mediation Tips”.

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