If you and your child’s other parent are unable to reach agreement about custody and parenting time with the child, the Court may require you to engage in a Custody Evaluation to help the Court decide custody and parenting time.
A parent’s opinion on what custody or parenting time arrangement is best for the child or children may or may not be consistent with the law. Generally, there are multiple ways to serve the child’s best interests and provide for the child’s needs. Two parents may have completely different opinions about what is in the child’s best interests. This presents a difficult situation for the Court.
Custody evaluations are performed by a neutral evaluator who has been appointed by the Court to conduct an independent investigation, and to make recommendations based on the “Best Interest Factors” set forth in Minn. Stat. §518.17