Published: August, 2012| Daniel Saunders, Gabrielle Davis

Dr. Saunders describes the results from a survey of 1,187 judges, child custody evaluators, private attorneys, legal aid attorneys, and domestic abuse program workers about custody evaluations/evaluators. He emphasizes the beliefs, background and training of custody evaluators that are associated with various custody-visitation recommendations. Attorney Davis suggests the implications of this study for changes in practice by advocates, attorneys and judges in both selection of evaluators and defining the issues for evaluation. Strategies for training of evaluators are considered. The utility of developing evaluator guidelines to enhance the validity of evaluator reports and testimony are discussed.