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Considering Custody Evaluations: The Thrills and the Chills

For those professionals who are intrigued by these unique circumstances, the possibility of playing a role in a high conflict divorce situation can be quite compelling. Yet caution and humility are qualities necessary to those who embark on the task of conducting custody evaluations. Just as we know from the analytic situation that there are layers and layers in the internal world, so it also is in this unusual world in which legal and psychological problems intersect. After years of doing this work and observing the changing legal and psychological climate, there are several caveats that I would offer to those who gingerly approach this exciting field.