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Wheaton Psychological Evaluations Lawyer

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Family Lawyer for Custody Evaluations in DuPage County and Surrounding Areas

At Goostree Law Group, we know that disputes regarding the allocation of parental responsibilities—also known as child custody—and parenting time can be extremely difficult for everyone involved. As a parent, you want what is best for your child, and serving your child's best interests requires the careful consideration of many different factors. In some situations, mental health concerns and substance abuse issues are among these factors—which can make the situation even more complicated. Our skilled family law attorneys are dedicated to helping you find the best possible outcome for yourself and your child, no matter what challenges may arise.

What Is a Parent Evaluation?

The law in Illinois gives the court the authority to order a professional evaluation in any proceeding related to parental responsibilities, including parenting time disputes and relocation requests. When appropriate, the professional evaluation may be conducted by a licensed mental health professional such as a psychologist or a behavioral health specialist. Depending on the circumstances of the case and the specific concerns, the evaluation may be focused on either parent or on the child. The evaluation may be ordered at the court's discretion or by the request of either parent. If a professional evaluation has been ordered in your case, our lawyers are here to assist you.

A custody evaluation is an extensive process that may involve many separate steps. The evaluator may:

  • Interview each parent;
  • Interview the child;
  • Conduct psychological tests;
  • Interview other individuals whose input may be relevant, including teachers, neighbors, and extended family members;
  • Review medical and academic records;
  • Conduct observations of each parent with the child; and
  • Visit each parent's home.

If a psychological evaluation has been ordered, there is a good chance that the court has also appointed a guardian ad litem as well. The custody evaluator and the guardian ad litem will often work together and share information as they look to determine the best possible outcome for the child. The evaluator will compile his or her findings and present a final report to the court for consideration.

Child and Parent Evaluations in Downers Grove and Lisle

When an evaluation is ordered for a child, the goal of the process is to determine how the current situation is affecting the child and how the allocation of parental responsibilities will affect him or her in the future. The evaluation can also identify the child's emotional and psychological needs that must be considered during the proceedings.

An evaluation of a parent may be required if there are serious concerns about that parent's ability to exercise his or her parental rights in a manner that serves the child's best interests. The court may order such an evaluation if the parent shows signs of mental illness, substance abuse, addiction, or other destructive behaviors that could endanger the child.

Wheaton Lawyers Who Know How to Work With Evaluators

At Goostree Law Group, we realize that it is almost always in your best interests to cooperate with the evaluation process, regardless of the intended focus. We know that it can be challenging to open yourself to a stranger, especially when the outcome of your case is uncertain. Honesty and cooperation, however, can help demonstrate to the court that you are a dedicated parent who is willing to do whatever it takes to protect your child. Our attorneys are ready to help you do just that.

If you have questions about psychological evaluations or any other types of custody evaluations, contact our office. Call 630-364-4046 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today and get the answers you need. Our firm serves clients in Wheaton, Downers Grove, Lisle, Warrenville, Woodridge, Aurora, and DuPage County.

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