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This comprehensive guide presents the literature on child custody evaluations in a coherent, logically integrated format that can be applied directly to practice.
Jonathan Gould proposes new assessment models that are based on studies of the 10 percent of divorced couples who pursue resolution of custody disputes. The book comprises a conceptual framework - history, systems, standards and rules, and business/office management issues, the evaluation process - practical hands-on guidance, and suggestions for the evaluator preparing for the court.
The Role of the Forensic Child Custody Evaluator
Expert Testimony and Presentation of Scientific Evidence
Developing a Conceptual Model for Custodial Assessment
The Forensic Interview of the Parents
The Forensic Interview of the Child
Psychological Variables To Consider in Custody Determinations
Beyond the Court-Ordered Evaluation
Use of Psychological Tests in Forensic Assessment
Developing Parenting Plans
Providing Testimony in Court