provide an analysis of factors relevant to custody evaluations or evaluations for termination of parental rights.

M4:2 Submission

Custody Evaluation

Forensic professionals are often called upon to provide opinions about custody in cases of divorce, parental termination, and reestablishment of custody after a child has been removed from the custodial parent’s home. Specific ethical and legal parameters govern when and how a professional should offer such an opinion in a legal setting. For this assignment, you will be asked to provide an analysis of factors relevant to custody evaluations or evaluations for termination of parental rights.

Tasks:

In a 3- to 4-page paper, address the following:

  • The best interests of the child, with a specific focus on how this is defined in the APA guidelines
  • The manner in which the best-interest decisions are influenced by the wishes of the child
  • The difference between a fact and an expert witness in the cases of child custody
  • The specific procedures, including parent interviews, child interviews, observations, and objective tests, used in custody evaluations
  • The issues surrounding confidentiality, privilege, and privacy in custody evaluations
  • The court testimony in custody evaluations, with emphasis on the collective use of data and opinion versus fact in reporting the results

Use three additional resources

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