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Jennifer Wolf

Child Custody Evaluation Dos & Don'ts

By March 30, 2014

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Having trouble reaching a child custody agreement with your ex? The judge assigned to your case will probably order a child custody evaluation.

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That means that an evaluator will meet with you -- and with your children -- and make a recommendation about the custody arrangement that would be in your children's best interests.

The evaluation is important because the evaluator's findings will be shared with the judge and could strongly impact the outcome of your case. So you'll want to pay attention to some critical dos and don'ts.

For example, during the evaluation, you'll want to be cooperative, open, and honest. And you'll want to make sure the evaluator knows that you're willing to work with your ex and to do what's best for your kids -- even when that means sacrificing what you want at times.

But that's not all. You'll also want to avoid coaching your kids ahead of time or speaking negatively about your ex, among other "dont's."

For a complete list of tips, read Child Custody Evaluation Dos & Dont's. And if you've gone through the experience and have some advice to share, leave a comment below!

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