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How do we counteract the adverse effects of trusting custody evaluators?

The question was asked: In a study in 2012 proved many custody evaluators falsely believe most DV victims lied & alienated kids. So How do you prevent that evaluators report from poisoning all reports or evaluators after, since they always review historical reports? 

This is a great question, but not for the reasons you may believe.  

The problem isn’t the errors the evaluators make (as if to suggest that all that is needed is for the evaluators to get more accurate, as if that is even realistically possible). The problem lies in being so trusting of custody evaluators’ recommendations for child custody and visitation (also known as parent time) decisions. These so-called experts are little better than a coin toss when it comes to getting to the truth not only about spousal and/or child abuse allegations but about virtually any factor affecting the child custody and parent time award. 

It’s not really a matter of trust. It’s a matter of analytical and jurisprudential sloth, a matter of passing the buck to so-called experts who aren’t really experts, whose involvement helps get to truth and sound understanding no better than than does their absence in the custody and parent time analysis. 

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(35) Eric Johnson’s answer to In a study in 2012 proved many custody evaluators falsely believe most DV victims lied & alienated kids. So How do you prevent that evaluators report from poisoning all reports or evaluators after, since they always review historical reports? – Quora 

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