Child Custody Resources for Professionals PDF Print E-mail

These resources are provided for mental health professionals and lawyers who work in the area of child custody. The mental health professionals who write child custody evaluations will find resources to assist with the preparation of those reports. Lawyers will find resources to assist in the preparation of their cases for litigation, and the cross examination of child custody evaluators. The methodology underpinning these resources has been researched and published by Dr Fran Vertue.

The Resources include the following:

  • the Research Vault is a subscription-based resource providing current and relevant academic research findings about child development, parenting capacity and the vast array of topics relevant to this work.
  • the Report Resources are Word document templates available for purchase, and are designed to organise, streamline, and standardise the child custody evaluation process:
    • the File Materials are designed to streamline your processes and to assist in the creation of your own documents. They are downloadable for a fee, and can be adapted and modified as required.
    • the Semi-structured Interview Schedules are designed to ensure that the work is standardised, and data gathered are reliable. They are downloadable for a fee, and can be adapted and modified as required.
    • the Observation Protocols provide relevant frameworks to guide observations of children and their caregivers. They are downloadable for a fee, and can be adapted and modified as required.
    • the Questionnaires are designed to elicit relevant information in a structured way that ensures comprehensive data collection. They are downloadable for a fee, and can be adapted and modified as required.
  • the Services offered by Dr Vertue for Child Custody professionals include:
    • Supervision
    • Research enquiries
    • Work product reviews
    • Preparation for Court appearances
  • the Training opportunities include face-to-face training workshops, and a video-based training programme with an accompanying workbook.
  • the Parenting Articles are freely available and can be used as educational tools for caregivers who are keen to act in the best interests of their children during and after separation.
  • the Useful Links provide direction to recommended websites.

 

Please note:

In New Zealand, the terms custody and access have been replaced by the terms day to day care and contact. However, to acknowledge the international users of this website, I've chosen to use the terms custody and access respectively.