Obtaining a Child Custody Evaluation


If you and your ex can't agree on a child custody arrangement, a child custody evaluation may be required for you to get a divorce in Pasadena.

The evaluator assigned to your case will be an independent expert. He will not represent you or your ex. The evaluator's job is to be a neutral observer who can determine what is in the best interests of the children.

Your lawyer will brief you on what to expect as part of the evaluation process, but it's helpful to keep in mind the following tips:

  • Do not lie to the evaluator. Lying makes you look untrustworthy and will not result in a favorable outcome.
  • Have a positive attitude when you are answering the evaluator's questions. Do not appear sullen, angry, or defiant.
  • Do not bad mouth your ex during the evaluation. Keep the focus on the relationship between you and your children.

During the visit, the evaluator will want to tour your home and watch the children interact with you. Make sure your home is neat and tidy. Have board games, books, or other educational toys on hand for your children to play with. Be prepared to show school or medical records for your children to the evaluator.

It's OK to ask the evaluator questions during the visit, but keep your questions limited to legitimate parenting concerns. If you want to share reasons why you are concerned about your ex's ability to care for the children, make sure you have evidence to back up your claims. The last thing you want is for the evaluator to see you as a petty and vindictive ex.

How Can We Help?

Please call our office at (626) 683-8113 or email us at info@PasadenaLawOffice.com if you need assistance with a child custody related issue. Our experienced Pasadena divorce lawyers are eager to help advocate for you and your child within the state's court system.