The Family Justice Review Committee has received a number of legitimate
complaints from people who have reported that a child custody evaluator did not
conduct a proper child custody evaluation and in many cases actually caused harm to their case and to their
Parents have complained of child custody assessors conducting themselves in an unprofessional
and unethical manner. Some of these include:
That all child
custody evaluators should provide a copy of their curriculum vitae to all
involved parties prior to the commencement of their child custody
That all child
custody evaluators must be willing to provide for the record, a full
detailed written report whenever evidence is to be presented to a court.
Under no circumstances will verbal evidence be submitted to a court without
a written report to accompany what is verbally reported to any court.
custody evaluators provide an outline of their proposed custody evaluation
procedure to all involved parties prior to the commencement of the
evaluation so that all parties can be equally prepared for the evaluation.
custody evaluators permit their clients to record meetings by audio or video if so
requested by their clients.
custody evaluators allow parents or children to have a support person present at any
meetings or discussions if requested by the child or the parent.
custody evaluators provide a preliminary report to all parties involved and
to provide time for parties to respond to material in the preliminary report
before the report becomes final.
custody evaluators accept audio or video information from parties and to
acknowledge receipt of this on their report.
evaluators include reference to the specific information to support all
opinions, conclusions and recommendation made in their report.
custody assessors should use identical procedures when obtaining information
from all the parties involved.
custody evaluators must be willing to revise their reports