What is a Family Assessment?
A Family Assessment is a meeting with an evaluator to gather important information regarding the family. The evaluator will interview the parents to identify whether there are areas of agreement, what issues are in dispute and whether there are parental concerns and parental fitness issues. The evaluator may also gather information from collateral sources.
The evaluator will prepare a report for the Judge that addresses the key issues regarding the family. The report usually includes recommendations regarding legal decision-making and parenting time. The Family Assessment may also include interviews of your child(ren) and/or observations of parents interacting with the child(ren), or interviews of other people involved with the family.
Family Assessment Forms
- What do I need to bring to this appointment?
Bring any documentation that you feel is important for the evaluator to have. You must bring a copy of any documentation for the other parent as well.
- Can I bring my children with me to this appointment?
Do not bring your children unless specifically instructed to do so by FSCC staff.
- What if the other parent fails to show for the Assessment?
If one parent fails to appear for the assessment appointment the Court will be notified and sanctions may apply. The case will get sent back to the Court for Judicial Review and the Assessment may not go forward.
- What if I am afraid to be interviewed with the other parent?
Please contact FSCC in advance of your appointment to make arrangements. While the assessment usually occurs with both parents in the room, there is always a third party present, separate waiting areas are available, and there is security staff onsite at FSCC.