Parent Time Evaluations
Parenting Time Evaluations (PTE's) are extensive forensic evaluations that are ordered by the court either during the initial divorce proceedings, or when one or both parents seek to change the type or frequency of custody with their child/children. The purpose of these evaluations is to assist the court in determining the best interests of the child/children.
In our office, Dr. Todd Bennett, Dr. Joe Lipetzky, and Kathy Edwards, JD, LCPC, are experienced parenting time evaluators. Each of them are considered experts in this field. In addition to conducting parenting time evaluations, both doctors have testified as expert witnesses in court on issues related to parental fitness and child custody / parenting time matters. Dr. Bennett has served as an expert and pro-reviewer for the Idaho Board of Psychologist Examiners regarding complaints against Idaho psychologists related to child custody issues.
Kathy Edwards is a licensed clinical professional counselor who is working on her Doctorate degree in psychology. She is also a family law attorney. Ms. Edwards conducts Brief Focused Assessments as well as Parenting Time Evaluations.
Before you contact our office regarding a Parenting Time Evaluation or Brief Focused Assessment, be sure that a judge has ordered one of our providers to perform the evaluation, as they only conduct such evaluations under court order.
Your evaluator will prepare a thorough and comprehensive report outlining specific recommendations that can be incorporated into a parenting plan. Parents and their attorneys must remember that, as an expert of the court, your evaluator will understand and consider the concerns of the parents, but will make recommendations based on their perceptions of the child/children's best interests. Each evaluator adheres to the standards for child custody/parenting time evaluations developed by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the American Psychological Association.
If you have been ordered to follow up with one of our parenting time evaluators, you can follow the steps below to help the overall process run as smooth as possible.
Call our office at (208) 373-0790 and ask to speak with Shannon Russell regarding setting up your first appointment. Shannon is the Cornerstone office manager and the personal assistant to our evaluators. Typically, the order for such an evaluation stipulates that each party make contact with our office within 5 business days from when the order was signed.
The rest of the necessary paperwork will be the same regardless of which evaluator was ordered to perform your evaluation.
The following list might be helpful for you to consider as you attend your first interview with your custody evaluator: