There are many important aspects of a divorce settlement, and none are more important than issues that affect the lives of your children. Determining custody evokes strong and often opposing opinions and high emotion. Divorcing couples often disagree about the terms of custody, and AMS Mediation is well equipped to help resolve these important outstanding issues. There are times, however, when custody questions are not so easily resolved. When a divorcing couple cannot reach agreement about one or another aspect of the custody of their children, the court will sometimes require that the services of a Custody Evaluator be used.
For divorcing couples who have children and are struggling to settle the terms of a custody agreement, Amber Serwat of AMS Mediation can serve as a Custody Evaluator for your family. We serve many parts of Minnesota, including the South Metro area.
Experienced South Metro Custody Evaluator
The importance of identifying a qualified custody evaluator cannot be overstated. A custody evaluator must understand with great specificity the details of Minnesota divorce law. In addition, a custody evaluator must have experience applying Minnesota divorce law to a wide variety of specific divorce cases. A custody evaluator must be able to empathize with the divorcing couple while prioritizing the well-being of their children. The vast majority of parents who have been helped by AMS Mediation love their children and want nothing but the best for them. However, there are circumstances when the disagreements that occur between them do not line up with what the state and the courts have determined to be in the best interests of the children. It is at those times when the experience, training, and expertise of our team becomes crucial.
Understanding the Custody Evaluation Process
Working with AMS Mediation in Custody Evaluation matters involves three different phases and a number of different components in each phase. The phases include Investigation, a Written Report, and Testimony.
The investigation phase involves interviews with relevant parties, including the parents and children who are old enough and mature enough to provide pertinent information. We may also interview your children’s teachers, doctors, and personal references to gain the most accurate information. Once interviews are completed, we will provide a written report to the court at the request of either parent. If your divorce case goes to trial, we will provide testimony about the findings of our investigation.
It is important to note that our Custody Evaluation process is always aimed at finding the best solutions for the children who are affected by divorce. If you would like more information, call us at 952.252.1492 to speak with Amber or a member of her team.