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Child Custody Evaluations: Current Literature and Practical Applications

Forensic Psychology

II. FORENSIC EVALUATIONS IN CIVIL PROCEEDINGS

  1. Jonathan W. Gould PhD, ABPP1,
  2. David A. Martindale PhD, ABPP2

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop211006

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Gould, J. W. and Martindale, D. A. 2012. Child Custody Evaluations: Current Literature and Practical Applications . Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 11:II:6.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Private Practice, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

  2. 2

    Private Practice, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of changes in law and mental health addressing child custody assessment. We provide a historical perspective on the development of legal factors that have influenced thinking about the best interests of the child standard. We discuss changes to professional practice guidelines developed for use by child custody evaluators. Our summary of the peer-reviewed literature focuses on the use of the Forensic Model applied to child custody evaluation and the chapter ends with a review of complex issues in custodial evaluation.

Keywords:

  • child custody;
  • child custody evaluation;
  • best interests of the child;
  • professional practice guidelines in custodial assessment;
  • methods and procedures in custodial assessment