There can be a number of times when one or both spouses may be asked to undergo a psychological evaluation. Divorce involves several key areas where the spouses' psychological conditions are of critical importance to the decisions that are made before the divorce is finalized. Perhaps nowhere is this more critical than with issues regarding child custody.
At Stange Law Firm, PC, our entire practice is dedicated to helping people resolve their family law issues, including domestic relations. Our lawyers have experience with all aspects of divorce proceedings, and we have been involved in a number of cases that required psychological evaluations. Regardless of which side of the case you are on, we will be there with you to ensure that your interests are protected at all times.
When Is a Psychological Evaluation Necessary?
In many cases, a psychological evaluation may be ordered when there are allegations of physical or sexual abuse. In the context of a custody hearing, every precaution must be taken to ensure the safety of the child. A psychological evaluation provides some insight into the state of mind of the person seeking custody.
Evaluations can be used to determine if a person is fit to be a parent, if there is a likelihood for future violence and many other considerations. The outcome of the evaluations can greatly impact the course of action we take in the case. We will closely review all evaluation results to see how they could be used at trial and if we need to adjust our approach to the case.
To read on a similar topic involving therapy and mental health records, which can become important in conducting psychological evaluations, you can read the following article: Dealing With Therapy Privilege.
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