Problems that clog up the court’s docket but don’t require a full Custody or Best Interest evaluation. The Family Assessment addresses conflicts that arise Pre and Post judgment. Conflicts arising in Prejudgment cases can be assessed quickly and objectively and solutions offered that can prevent costly litigation including Custody evaluations
The potential solutions offered by a Family Assessment can facilitate the negotiation process, lead to ending conflicts, expedited resolution, ease negotiations and ease the divorce process.
Resistance - Reluctance - Refusal
The Family Assessment is designed to uncover the reasons for a child’s reluctance or outright refusal to spend time with the parent. The child may become very upset when transferring from one parent to another or has issues with separation anxiety. A child may be responding to his or her parent’s hostility towards each other. The child may be protective toward a more fragile parent.
Non-compliance with Parenting Plan
One party is chronically late picking up or dropping off the child. One parent may exclude the other from the child’s medical appointments, school meetings and activities. There may be interference with the child’s email or phone contact with the other parent.
Communication issues that can arise relating to the child’s medical care, school and extracurricular activities. Differences that occur between parents regarding child’s upbringing, child’s appearance, travel out of jurisdiction, clothing exchanges and introduction of new romantic partner(s). Issues can arise regarding the child’s exposure to violent TV, video games and pornography.
High Conflict Cases
High conflict cases where numerous complaints have been made to DCPP, or Domestic Violence complaints, or where there have been repeated calls to the police. The Family Assessment addresses the needs of children having witnessed physical and/or verbal abuse between parents.
After identifying the genesis of the problem, the evaluator will offer the Court an Action Plan. The plan can include:
- Therapy for parents and/or children with an experienced Family Therapist who understands issues unique to families of divorce
- Co-Parent Counseling
- Clarifying ambiguities of the parenting plan
- A parent coach for one or both of the parents
- Parenting classes / Coaching for one or both parents
- A full Best Interest or Custody evaluation
- Additional evaluations (medical, psychiatric, etc.)
- School based evaluations (Child Study Team evaluation / Learning Disabilities)
- Change of transfer location
- Improve co-parenting technique (emails, family calendars, etc.)