Child custody evaluations are among the most difficult of forensic evaluations. The current paper examines differences between custody evaluations and other types of psychological and forensic evaluations. We also discuss important ethical issues regarding these evaluations and review the typical components of a custody evaluation, with particular attention on psychological testing as a component of custody evaluations. We then discuss the role ofresearch in informing the interpretation of the evaluation data and provide a complete sample custody evaluation report to illustrate several points from the manuscript.
Archer, Robert P. and Wygant, Dustin, "Child Custody Evaluations: Ethical, Scientific, and Practice Considerations" (2012). Psychology Faculty and Staff Research. 5.