James N. Bow, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.-Forensic, is Director of Psychology at Hawthorn Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Wayne State University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. Dr Bow's main forensic practice is through Wayne State University, Physicians Group – Department of Psychiatry, University Psychiatric Center – Livonia, Michigan.
Use of third party information in child custody evaluations
Version of Record online: 20 JUL 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Special Issue: Families, Divorce, Custody, and Parenting
Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 511–521, July/August 2010
How to Cite
Bow, J. N. (2010), Use of third party information in child custody evaluations. Behav. Sci. Law, 28: 511–521. doi: 10.1002/bsl.946
- Issue online: 4 AUG 2010
- Version of Record online: 20 JUL 2010
This article reviews the use of third party information and its potential to increase the accuracy and usefulness of child custody evaluations. Legal and admissibility issues are reviewed, along with the types of third party information commonly utilized. Factors impacting such data sources are discussed, as well as the importance of determining the degree to which independent sources point to the same conclusion. Suggestions are provided for selecting, contacting, and interviewing collateral sources, and ways of assessing, utilizing, and reporting collateral data are described. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.