DO CUSTODY EVALUATIONS BENEFIT THE CHILDREN, PROTECT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH, AND HELP THE FAMILY MOVE FORWARD?
While research regarding the benefits of custody evaluation is limited, we do know that the conflict and instability are harmful to a child’s wellbeing. Typically, custody evaluations are used when a solution can’t be reached and the child’s best interest is to have the best decision made as quickly as possible.
At Garrett Counseling, we developed a unique plan for custody evaluations based on our experience in the counseling field. Our approach to custody evaluations involves extensive time with the family, child, and all parties involved. Once we feel we have reviewed all of the information regarding the case, we will present a professional, thorough recommendation regarding custody. We will also appear at any court proceedings needed to present the recommendation.
So, why should a custody evaluation be considered for your case?
The Detriment of Divorce
Parental divorce is usually presents an increased risk for a range of psychological problems among the children involved. Divorce, depending on the outcome, has been linked to a 25-100% increase in the risk for extreme psychological difficulties. (1)
Divorce can increase depression and anxiety in all genders and ages. With that said, males will find parents’ divorce more disturbing than females. Males with divorced parents tend to be more depressed than males with two parent families – regardless of psychological adjustment, conflict levels, or quality of parenting. (2)
Benefits of Mediation
Studies have shown that nonresidential parents who went through mediation were much more likely to maintain contact with their children than those who did not go through mediation. In fact, 30% of nonresidential who mediated see their children once a week of more 12 years following the initial dispute (by comparison, only 9% of nonresidential parents who did not mediate see their children as often). Even greater, 54% of nonresidential parents who went through mediation speak to their children on the telephone once a week or more after 12 years (by comparison, 13% of nonresidential, non mediated speak to their children as often). (1)
At Garrett Counseling, we strongly believe in the benefits of mediation and custody evaluations. We would be honored to speak with you further about this service. Please contact us for additional information!
1. Emery, R., Otto, R., & O’Donohue, W. (2005) A critical assessment of child custody evaluations: Limited science and a flawed system. Psychological Science in the Public Interest. Volume 6, number 1.
2. Maripedia. Effects of Divorce on Children’s Health.http://marripedia.org/effects_of_divorce_on_children_s_health. (June 06, 2017)