Psychological Evaluations

Psychological Evaluations

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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Helpful Information Regarding Family Violence From our Webpage

We handle many different issues related to family violence:
Domestic abuse
You do not have to suffer through domestic abuse. The attorneys at Stange Law Firm have a great deal of experience handling domestic violence matters. We can help you understand your options
Child neglect
If your child has been taken into custody by the Department of Social Services, Stange Law Firm can help you in this matter.
Protective orders
The attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC, have successfully obtained orders of protection and can work to obtain protection for you and your loved ones.
Psychological Evaluations in Divorce
The psychological state of the parties might be an important issue in a custody dispute. We can help request a psychological evaluation if this is an important issue in your case.
Juvenile Matters
Important child custody issues might be litigated in the juvenile court. Attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC can help if that is the case.
Supervised Visitation
In some severe cases, one parent might be a risk to the physical health or emotional development of the children such that supervised visitation might need to be explored. We can help in these cases.
Guardian ad Litem
A Guardian ad Litem might need to be appointed in a custody case to ensure the interests of the children are protected
Parental Alienation
In extreme cases, children might be alienated from their parents. This can happen in unfortunate cases and we have experience in these types of cases.
Estranged Children
Opposite of parental alienation, in some cases, the conduct of a parent might be so extreme that the children become realistically estranged from their parent. It's important to have an attorney who understands realistic estrangement and how it can often be overlooked.
Parental Abduction
Parental abduction is a crisis type situation where one of the parents flees with the children in violation of a court order or to deprive the other parent of any custody time. It is critical to act fast and have an attorney in your corner if this is the case.
Drug Tests
Drug use can be significant problem in child custody cases. In certain cases, a parent might be a drug or alcohol abuser. It is vital to have an attorney who understands this issue and can help obtain an order for a drug or alcohol test.
Parent Coordinators
While it is not allowed by statute in Missouri or Illinois except by agreement, in some extreme cases, the parties might agree to have a parent coordinator help resolve legal custody disputes between parents who cannot co-parent. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we can help you explore this option as it might help minimize the need for costly litigation.
Sexual Abuse Allegations
In some child custody cases, sexual abuse allegations can arise. In some instances, the allegations regrettably turn out to be true. In other cases, the allegations are false and/or brought maliciously. No matter the situation, it is critical that you have counsel in your corner if sexual abuse allegations are part of your child custody matter.
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