A previous post here discussed the child custody evaluation and the role it can play in a court's child custody determination. Although child custody evaluations are quite valuable to a judge when forced to make a decision regarding physical and legal custody, it may not be the sole factor taken into consideration. There might also be legal arguments you can make to help bolster your position as to why child custody being granted to you is in your child's best interest.
A child custody evaluator may fail to uncover crucial information about your ex-spouse, for example. A history of drug use, domestic violence or financial trouble could be a huge factor in a custody determination, but if an evaluator does not address those issues with the court, then it may not come up at all, unless you do the leg work.
Additionally, you may have disagreements with an evaluator's conclusions. You may feel that the evaluator was unfair in conducting interviews, did not provide a balanced perspective or failed to take important issues into consideration when making a recommendation. These issues, too, can be brought up before a judge, but it is critical that you do so at the right time and in the proper fashion. Letting emotions take hold can backfire, and may wind up working against you.
Ohio residents who are facing divorce and a child custody dispute may need to get more information about their options. At our law firm, we attempt to use our knowledge of the law, persuasive legal arguments and our passion to strive to give every client the advocacy they deserve.