Child Custody Analysis

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In child custody cases, the legal field approves the methods used by psychologists, yet argues that “psychologists must understand that lawyers are trained to work in an adversarial system in which their role is to advocate the client’s best interests” (Lee, Beauregard, & Hunsley, 1998, p.118). With that being said, lawyers in child custody cases are supportive and even encourage psychological involvement in the determination of the child’s best interests, yet also argue that it is essential for them to have some knowledge of family law. The main purpose of a lawyer is to defend his client regarding of what psychologists have to say. However, they still have a word about the methods used in custody evaluation (Lee et al., 1998, …show more content…

When asked about which method is best between mediation and litigation? Lawyers agreed that mediation is better than assessment, but depending on the cases. They also suggested that neither of those two methods should be mandatory and that the role of psychologists is to “assist the parents in reaching an agreement that is best interests of the child or children” (Lee et al., 1998, p.118). This brings us to the conclusion, that lawyers do not have any problems with custody evaluators as long as they have some legal knowledge. In fact, they did not find major flaws in the methods used, but only suggested that those methods should not be mandatory. Lawyers recognize the importance of the role of custody evaluators, yet still believe that they are “in best position to protect their clients’ interests and rights” (Lee et al., 1998, …show more content…

In order to determine if an expert testimony is accepted in court, the judge refers to the Daubert criteria, which is constituted of four criteria that determine if an evidence is reliable (Pozzulo, Bennell, & Forth, 2015, p. 22). Ackerman argues that some custody evaluations are accepted in court even if they do not follow any ethical guidance. He states that psychologist should conduct a neutral child evaluation and that they have to “do it right or don’t do it at all” (Ackerman, 2010, p.

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