Family Assessments

Family Assessments

When parents are unable to resolve parenting issues, they often end up going to court for a Judge to decide for them.  In some of these cases, the court will order a family assessment. Family assessments are usually conducted by trained workers whose role is to gather information from several different sources and provide a written report summarizing this data to the court.

Meeting With Parents

In most cases there will be in person interviews with parents. Any current significant others will also be interviewed. The person conducting the assessment will likely reach out to personal references provided by each parent. These should be people you have known over a period of time who can assess your character and abilities as both a person and as a parent. Ideally, these are people who have also seen you interacting with your children.

Professional References

Professional references are a great help in gathering information about a family. These may be your children’s teachers, coaches, therapists, or childcare providers. They might also be professionals who have worked with you or your coparent.

Meeting With Children

While it is likely the family assessor assigned to your case will met with your children, they will not ask your children who they love more, or who they want to live with. These kinds of questions only place pressure on children. At Dispute Resolution Center, our goal is to help families keep children’s needs at the center of the picture and we do everything possible to make sure kids are protected.

Our social workers  are well trained and suited to understand your family dynamics and make recommendations to the court based upon the current situation and individual needs of your children.

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Our mediation team provides guidance through conflict by helping you explore a variety of potential solutions for your unique situation. With years of experience, our team is dedicated to helping you realize your mediation goals. The mediation team at Dispute Resolution Center have several lifetimes of combined experience to aid our clients. There’s not much we haven’t seen, heard about, or helped people resolve. Having handled thousands of cases, we understand what matters to people and how to assist you in the best likelihood of reaching resolution.

Rarely can a client not get ahold of a mediator in our office if they need one. If your mediator is not available, our staff or another mediator can almost always get you an answer if you have a question. If you have a question or would like to schedule an appointment please contact the Dispute Resolution Center at 913.490.3689.