Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Evaluators in Child-Custody Cases Scrutinized

I heard an interesting story on NPR this evening: Evaluators in Child-Custody Cases Scrutinized, All Things Considered, Nov. 21, 2007.

Psychologists and other mental health professionals are increasingly playing a role in child custody disputes.

Using a battery of psychological tests and expert judgment, psychologists make recommendations about which parent should have custody.

Those decisions are accepted by judges more than 90 percent of the time, but critics say the tests are flawed and the decisions are often more personal than professional.
See earlier post about local child custody evaluators.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That tests are problematic, and evaluators are flawed, is news only to those not in the system. See

If one experiences a bad judge however, one can now alert others, with a report at
and perhaps help the jurist out of office.