Child custody evaluations

The disputes that occur at the end of a marriage or long-term relationship can be acrimonious. This is particularly true of disagreements about child custody arrangements. In amicable situations, parents agree on child custody and parenting time schedules and submit an agreement to the court as a formality for approval. However, when parents are unable to reach an agreement the court may appoint a psychologist to conduct a child custody evaluation to help resolve the dispute. Extensive expertise is necessary to properly conduct a child custody evaluation. Child custody evaluations are complex undertakings because they often involve multiple, serious allegations that require detailed investigation and careful consideration of each family member’s point-of-view.

Dr. Daniel Swerdlow-Freed has over 15 years of experience as a neutral, independent child custody evaluator. He is widely recognized by judges and attorneys to possess the knowledge, skill, and expertise needed to conduct comprehensive, fair, and unbiased evaluations of parents and children. He has the specialized expertise to assess allegations of child alienation, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and the psychological functioning of parents and children. His evaluations carefully examine all relevant facets of a family’s situation and meet the highest standards of his profession. Dr. Swerdlow-Freed’s opinions and recommendations are based on scientifically-derived knowledge of factors that influence children’s post-divorce adjustment, and are relied upon to settle child custody and parenting time disputes.


Child custody evaluations assess allegations and concerns including:

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