cussed is the relationship expected from both parents regardless of who is granted the custody of the children; hence being advised to handle separately their interpersonal difficulties and their responsibility to take care of the children.
In the recent past, most jurisdictions in courts have developed a common practice to request for a mental health assessment when it comes to assessing children and their families, when the custody of a child is in question. Sadly, expert appointment standards have a variation; hence judicial determination on who will do the evaluations is random and distinctive. To find the solution to the problem of variation of expertise and to make the process more organized various locales have a set of guidelines for child custody evaluation professionals. This paper explores the guidelines that should be considered when assessing the suitability of the one to have custody of children.
Buss and Maclean (2011) say that the first considered criterion involves the interest of the child in question, where the parent expected to take the custody of the child should be the one with whom the child has a stronger psychological bond. It is critical for this to be acknowledged by both parties involved. Data is gathered in this principle through interviews that jointly involve both parents with the child and each parent with the child separately. To put into operation this guideline, while not regarding the gender of the parent, the one that has developed stronger and healthiest psychological bond with the child should be given preference in granting custody of the child (Rohrbaugh, 2007). According to Greene and Heilbrun (2010), the bond is likely to be stronger and healthier to the parent who was the primary child caretaker when the child was still very young. If the gap in between when the child was young and that of the time of evaluation is greater, then the likelihood that other factors will operate is greater too. The existence of another