Court Ordered Evaluations for Parents and Families
Dr. Talmage has over 20 years of experience with parents who are experiencing family disruptions. We have conducted many assessments for family courts, attorneys, and The Department of Family and Protective Services. You will find us to be fair and objective people who understand the distress you may be experiencing due to involvement with the legal system.
Dr. Talmage spends ample time with you to fully understand your unique perspective. Every person is treated with respect, dignity, and sincere concern. Dr. Talmage understands how vulnerable you may feel, and we provide a warm and friendly office environment where parents and children feel welcome.
You may be asked by the court or your attorney to participate in a “psychological evaluation” which includes the following elements:
- Meeting with Dr. Talmage so she may hear your life story and learn about your personal history
- You complete paper and pencil self-report measures for Dr. Talmage to learn more about your parenting style and overall psychological functioning
- Dr. Talmage will visit your home to observe you and your child play and interact together in an informal setting
- You will be asked by Dr. Talmage to provide the names and contact information for a few people who know you well in your capacity as a parent. Dr. Talmage will contact these individuals to gather additional unbiased information about your parenting skills
- Dr. Talmage produces a written report, commenting on your emotional stability and current parenting abilities. The report may include recommendations to enhance your parenting skills and coping skills.
The court may ask you and the other parent to participate in a “child custody” evaluation. This is very similar to the “psychological evaluation” described above. The major difference in a child custody evaluation is that both parents are evaluated, and Dr. Talmage may make suggestions to the court regarding possession and custody arrangements. If so, Dr. Talmage makes recommendations based solely on the best interests and welfare of your child.
If you are interested in speaking to Dr. Talmage before making an appointment, please contact her by email. Please include your contact numbers and the best times for her to call. Please also indicate if it is ok for Dr. Talmage to leave a message at the numbers you provide.
If you are ready to make an appointment, please download the client information forms directly from this page. Please fill them out and either scan and email or fax the completed forms to our office, prior to scheduling your first appointment. After reading over the client information, if you have any questions about the process of informed consent or limits of confidentiality, Dr. Talmage will review this information with you in detail during your initial meeting.