A Family District Court may order a child custody evaluation when conservatorship or possession/access of a child is contested. The evaluation is a forensic assessment of the needs of a child(ren) and each parent's or other parties' ability to meet those needs. Information is collected from interviews with the parents, child(ren), significant others and collateral witnesses; review of school, medical and mental health records; home visits; collateral sources, including court records, criminal histories, TDFPS history and personal references; and other sources to determine which placement is in the best interest of the child. The evaluation follows the requirements of Chapter 107, Texas Family Code.
A written report is filed with the Court in approximately ninety (90) days after assignment. The report includes the Evaluator's recommendation as to which party may provide the most nurturing and stable environment for the child. The recommendation of the Evaluator will be taken into consideration by the Court and/or Jury when making a decision in the case. Each party must complete a Questionnaire.
The fee for a custody/parenting time social study is based on a sliding scale contained in the Court's order and must be paid before the evaluation begins. Fees can be paid in cash, cashier's check, money order, or credit card and are nonrefundable.
Party’s Gross Income $20,000 or Less
Party’s Gross Income $20,001 to $35,000
Party’s Gross Income $35,001 to $50,000
Party’s Gross Income $50,001 to $75,000
Party’s Gross Income 75,001 to $100,000
Party’s Gross Income 100,001 to $125,000
Party’s Gross Income 125,001 or More
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