Generally, a two-person evaluative team meets with the parents and their attorneys. During the session, each party is given the opportunity to introduce the evaluators to their child or children; explain what they would like for a custody and parenting time arrangement, and why or how this arrangement works for the child or children.
During the process, the evaluators often ask clarifying questions. After the first party explains his or her position, the second parent is given an opportunity to do the same. Each party is allowed time to respond to any statements made by the other party.
After the presentations, the evaluative team confers and develops recommendations based on what they believe the Court would order if the case went to trial. The session reconvenes and the evaluators present their recommendations and explain the reasoning behind the recommendations.