What Can You Expect from the Recommendations?

One of the main differences between an evaluation and settlement techniques like mediation is that the evaluator makes recommendations about the family. Typically, recommendations will fall in several categories, including but not limited to:

  • Custody/visitation recommendations for both legal and physical custody. For those families who always argue about these issues, the recommendations should be extremely precise and provide direction to the parents on how to modify visitation agreements when necessary.
  • A parenting plan that outlines the time-share between the parents and how parents might deal with future conflict-resolution. Since conflict-resolution is difficult for many families who need a custody evaluation, the evaluator should make recommendations about how parents work together to solve future problems. In some jurisdictions, he/she might suggest a Special Master or Parenting Coordinator, someone who is like a binding arbitrator, to work with you on an ongoing basis to learn to resolve future problems.
  • Therapy recommendations for either the parents and/or the children. A thorough evaluation will provide specific treatment recommendations rather than a vague statement about the need for therapy.
  • Special recommendations focusing on special problems that exist, such as domestic violence, substance abuse problems, or alienation of children. In some of those cases, there might be a recommendation for an updated evaluation after treatment or some period of time.
  • Parenting classes when they are needed to help parents improve their understanding of their child's needs.
  • With very young children, evaluators might recommend a re-evaluation as the child gets older and his/her needs significantly change.



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