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    Default What Will a Psych Eval Accomplish in a Custody Case

    My question involves a child custody case from the State of: MO

    Ex was put on the state registry for child abuse this year and also has a separate criminal case for abuse that has been sent to the prosecutor. Ex maintains that he is innocent and claims I'm mentally unstable and have brainwashed the kids into believing they were abused. Because of this, the court has ordered that we both undergo a psych eval, but I don't really understand why.

    What will a psych eval accomplish?

    I didn't brainwash the kids or do any of the awful things ex is alleging (too much to get into here), but I do have a medical diagnosis of anxiety. I take prescription medication for it on a daily basis and have previously attended counseling and therapy. My anxiety does not affect my ability to hold down a job or take care of our children.

    I'm assuming the psych eval will mention my diagnosis, but does that even matter in court?

    And what if the psych eval actually finds that my ex has some sort of psychiatric issues? Will that even matter?

    I guess I just don't understand the point of a psych eval. My ex does some awful things, but I'm not perfect either. I'm not sure what this test is looking for or how it affects custody, especially since I'm assuming it will say we both have some issues.

    At court, my ex bragged the psych eval will prove he's innocent of child abuse and prove that I'm practicing parental alienation. This doesn't make much sense to me, but it's probably because I just don't understand the purpose of the evaluations. I've tried Googling the process, but there isn't much info online.

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    Default Re: What Will a Psych Eval Accomplish

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    At court, my ex bragged the psych eval will prove he's innocent of child abuse and prove that I'm practicing parental alienation. This doesn't make much sense to me, but it's probably because I just don't understand the purpose of the evaluations. I've tried Googling the process, but there isn't much info online.
    You should never believe your ex.

    If your ex is actually on a registry and is being prosecuted for abuse you should not assume that anything that he files will actually hurt you. However, it would really be in your best interest to have an attorney on board. You really need someone who can stand between you and your ex.

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    Default Re: What Will a Psych Eval Accomplish

    If your ex bragged to the judge or in front of the judge, he may be getting his butt kicked for it, thus the psych eval requirement. But I think, though it would be foolish and unfair only to ask for a psych evaluation for one party and not both parties, that your anxiety is kicking up and you're worrying that maybe they'll find out there is something wrong with you. Though you know this isn't so. You have admitted any problems, sought help for them, done the right things like a mature adult.

    As has been told to you here, someone needs to be standing between you and your ex. But since what you are really wanting is reassurance, it would not be the place of an attorney to provide this. Yes, non professionally and from here, it sounds like a dad with child abuse in his background, and a case pending is probably going to be determined much less mentally sound than you.

    But then you're quoting what he's threatening, what he's saying, telling us all his details, etc. Not only do you need an attorney in court, you very much need to be in counseling to help you and build you up. Your ex probably picked you out because he noticed that you were particularly vulnerable to his threats and manipulative statements, would take guilt upon yourself when none was warranted, in other words, would make a perfect foil for his little sicknesses and schemes. Shudder. Get professionals to help you get away from him. Don't worry about your psych evals, don't worry about what he threatens to do, don't believe him and don't agonize about your having to go through a mental evaluation. When you're both saying the other party is mentally not right, it is only sensible for both of you to be evaluated.

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