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Phoenix High-Conflict Custody Attorneys

High-conflict child custody cases are difficult and complex. Typically, the mother, father or both want sole child custody, and a custody battle ensues.

Arizona Child Custody Evaluation

In many child custody battles, there are allegations of neglect or abuse, including domestic violence, drug use, alcohol abuse and child abuse. In these highly contested custody disputes, a custody evaluation can be requested and ordered by the court. The evaluation is performed by a custody evaluator who is appointed by the court and paid for by the parties.

At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, we will answer your questions about a child custody evaluation, explain the process to you and prepare you for the evaluation process. We can also assist you in requesting the appointment of a custody evaluator, if, after a discussion, you think that is in your children’s best interest.

Arizona Parenting Conference

In highly contested child custody battles, for those cases where the parties cannot afford a child custody evaluation, a Parenting Conference through Conciliation Services may be in order. In the event that the parties cannot agree during the conference, a dispute assessment will be conducted.

The assessment is performed by a court-appointed evaluator. As with the child custody evaluation, we can help you understand the process and prepare you for an assessment.

Custody Evaluations

A child custody evaluation can be extremely useful when one parent feels that there are questions regarding the parenting abilities of the other parent. While custody evaluations are generally conducted to shed more light on the circumstances in which a child is being raised, they can also be mandatory if a court feels it is necessary because of allegations that a parent may not be fit due to:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse

What Is A Custody Evaluation?

In a custody or legal decision-making evaluation, the parents typically agree on a mental health professional from a court-approved list to perform the evaluation. That professional is appointed by the court and interviews the parents and the child. This usually includes the administration of personality tests. The mental health professional provides the court with a detailed report that recommends which parent should be awarded legal decision-making.

Contact A Child Custody And Visitation Dispute Lawyer

Child custody is important. Normally custody orders will remain in effect for at least one year before the court will consider a modification. Let our divorce and family attorneys help you make the most of your first opportunity. We are committed to your cause and dedicated to aggressively pursuing your goals and protecting your interests.

For more information about child custody evaluations in Arizona, or to discuss how we can help you resolve your custody battle, please schedule a confidential consultation with one of our family law and divorce lawyers by calling us at
602-626-9552 or 800-409-0262, or you can fill out our

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Awards & Accolades

DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC and founding attorney DeShon Laraye Pullen received many prestigious honors, including: Small Firm of the Year, Family Law Litigator of the Year, selection to Arizona Super Lawyers and a Superb, 10.0 Avvo rating.