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(p. 299) Child Custody 

(p. 299) Child Custody
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(p. 299) Child Custody
Author(s):

Kirk Heilbrun

, David DeMatteo

, Stephanie Brooks Holliday

, and Casey LaDuke

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199941551.003.0017
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date: 23 September 2019

The two reports in this chapter are assessments of child custody. Requests for child custody evaluations typically come from the court, or from attorneys representing one of the divorcing parties. Even under the latter circumstances, however, the evaluator may be court-appointed in some jurisdictions. The first case addresses the importance of determiningthe particular role to be played if the referralis accepted and focuses on the implicationsof assuming simultaneous professional roles,such as therapist and evaluator, in the context ofFMHA. The principle associatedwith the second case addresses the importance ofusing multiple sources of information to test rivalhypotheses and improve the accuracy of the evaluation.

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