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Child Custody Evaluations – The Way to Go


(Milford, Connecticut) Child Custody concerns often arise during divorce proceedings. Many couples are able to resolve their differences in an equitable and respectful manner, however, there are times when couples cannot come to an agreement about who their children should live with and what type of arrangements should be made. This is where an independent Child Custody Evaluator can help.

Lisa Taylor-Austin, NCC, LPC, LMHC, CFMHE, LLC,, has specialized training in conducting Child Custody Evaluations. Having been trained and nationally certified by the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Ms. Taylor-Austin understands the complex needs of all involved in a child custody evaluation. “The role of the evaluator is not to find fault with either parent or to decide where the children should live. The role is one of an independent, impartial professional who assesses both parents, all children involved and makes a recommendation to the Court,” she explained.

Child Custody Evaluations are lengthy, comprehensive and take the evaluator many hours to complete. Both parents are interviewed and tested, all children are assessed, collateral contacts such as school, church, daycare and neighbors are consulted, as well as medical records, legal records and educational records. The evaluation continues with home visits to each parent and observation of the parents and children together. The process is lengthy but well worth it for individuals who find themselves stuck in bitter custody divorces and unable to resolve child custody issues.

“Having a neutral evaluator with extensive training and education in child custody can help resolve child custody issues. Often the court will order a child custody evaluation to be completed. Divorce attorneys will sometimes recommend an evaluation be completed if their client is having difficulty with their case,” Ms. Taylor-Austin explained. “Child Custody Evaluators are not advocates for anyone in the family. They assess, observe, interview and visit the family for the best possible recommendation which is in the best interests of the children involved.”

Ms. Taylor-Austin is available nationwide. She also conducts Mental Health Evaluations for fitness for duty, fitness for medical procedures and probation/parole issues. Visit her website at for more information.


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