Risk assessments are often required when one party or the other has acted in such a way that there is an issue as to whether or not that party is a risk to the parties' children. A risk assessment is often ordered after domestic violence has occurred or if a party has a substance abuse problem or if there have been other issues directly with the children. Often the behavior at issue is independent of any prior acts of risk with the children and a professional such as a psychologist must perform a risk assessment to make sure the behavior of the party has either changed or even with it, they are of no risk to the children. Parties with children, whether they are getting a divorce or not, are subject to a risk assessment. Often a court will order a specific professional for the risk assessment, unfortunately, a big factor in the assessment is the cost. Risk assessment costs vary widely and so the parties should try to know in advance the costs of the professional being engaged, otherwise, that cost may hinder a party from obtaining the risk assessment and place that individual at a disadvantage in any child custody litigation. If you are looking for a NJ divorce lawyer or NJ divorce attorney to help you navigate the issues of risk assessments in child custody and parenting time matters, please call us in our East Brunswick office or Fort Lee office. Our divorce attorney and family lawyer will help you with your family law matter or divorce matter with a free consultation.
Feb 5, 2016 @ 02:55 PM — by Michael Green