The purpose of a Child Custody Evaluation is to assess your individual and overall family factors that may potentially affect the best interests of the child. It is a tool that courts use to weigh your parenting ability with the needs of your kids. They look at your knowledge, skills, abilities (or lack of ) and most importantly how you interact with your child.
Basically it is a psychologists summary of you and your overall ability to be a good parent. Unless you are abusing your kids, it will rarely take your parenting rights completely away but it does have a lot of power to sway the courts to give or take away full or joint custody.
A couple of things to keep in mind when you are going through a child custody evaluation are:
Basically you want to be able to show the court, not just tell them, why you are the best choice for custody of your kids. Try to focus on all of your positives and not the other parents negatives.
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I wish you and your kids all the best,