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Can a Child Psychologist’s Evaluation Help Me With A Custody Case?

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Hello my daughter is 7 yrs old and me and her father are about to get divorced, the problem is that he will be seeking 50/50 custody and she does not want to sleep anywhere but her bed and her room as she states… I spoke to her father about the matter but he is dead set on this, personally I believe it to pay less child support as he already has another child which he pays child support for, he makes fairly good money and has no choice but to ask for joint custody to alleviate the cost.

If I take my daughter to a Child Psychologists for an evaluation, would he be able to write a recommendation as to what’s in the best interest of the child based on the evaluation he does with her?

A: A psychological evaluation for custody is very typical process, and it sounds like it may be a very good idea in your case. Psychologists who do these types of evaluations are usually highly trained, proficient at writing reports for the court, and offer an unbiased opinion. I think your instinct to get this type of an evaluation is a good one.

Can a Child Psychologist’s Evaluation Help Me With A Custody Case?

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Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
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Can a Child Psychologist’s Evaluation Help Me With A Custody Case?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Can a Child Psychologist’s Evaluation Help Me With A Custody Case?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2013/08/14/can-a-child-psychologists-evaluation-help-me-with-a-custody-case/
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