Updated  7/1/16


CUSTODY EVALUATIONS:  

For custody and parenting plan disputes


When parents can't agree in mediation, their attorneys often suggest they find a reputable evaluation for disputes about custody (decision-making), and/or parenting time. 

Oregon Laws ORS 107.137 establishes the standards to be considered when determining child custody:


OFI sponsored the development of Collaborative Evaluation with Mediation (CEM), an innovative style of Custody or Parenting Time evaluation.  OFI used to provide training in this model for professionals, and listings on this website, but as of July 1, 2016, no longer trains or lists those who have been trained. 

Good quality evaluators usually offer a five-part evaluation process involving at least:

 Most professional evaluators follow a set of standards of practice, such as those promoted by the American Psychological Association (APA), and/or the Association of Family Conciliation Courts (AFCC).  Most have at least a masters degree in behavioral science, and have participated in training specific to the role of evaluator.  Evaluators cannot have dual roles, and cannot service as a therapist to anyone involved before or after the evaluation process.  




Both parents and their attorneys must agree to use an evaluator.  Some jurisdictions have already specified panels of evaluators.  Contact your local Family Court Service, Conciliation Service, or court administrator to find someone who meets the current SFLAC Guidelines for Custody Evaluator. 

The parties contract directly with the selected practitioner, who must have a specific court order of appointment before starting services.  


AS OF JULY 1, 2016, OREGON FAMILY INSTITUTE WILL NOT BE OFFERING ANY TRAINING, CONSULTATION OR REFERRAL SERVICES.



For any further questions please contact: 




WILLIAM J. HOWE, J.D., OFI PRESIDENT
Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson and Howe
115 NW First Ave. St. 400
Portland, OR  97204-4024

whowe@gevurtzmenashe.com
503-227-1515