Court Ordered Evaluations

Court Ordered Evaluations

When parents are unable to come together on an amicable settlement for a divorce in Illinois, the case will proceed towards litigation, which could mean a trial. When child custody is an unresolved issue, there is likely to be a court-ordered evaluation of the child and the parents.

Court-Ordered Evaluations In Family Law Proceedings in Illinois

Many parents are understandably nervous about these court-ordered evaluations, since the evaluator will make a recommendation to the Illinois court about allocation of parenting responsibilities and parenting time. At Feinberg Sharma, a respected family law firm, our family lawyers can walk you through the process so you know what to expect, removing as much stress as possible.


We Can Prepare You For Your Interview
A judge can order an evaluation, or a parent can file a motion asking for one. The evaluator is usually a mental health professional experienced in dealing with the issues in your case. The evaluator will likely conduct several interviews with the children and each parent, along with observing each parent’s interaction with the children.


Even if you are going through an acrimonious, contested divorce in Illinois, it is important to resist the urge to bad mouth your ex-spouse to the evaluator. Instead, be honest about each parent’s strengths and weaknesses.


Our divorce attorneys will take the time to fully prepare you for an evaluation, including any questions you can expect to hear. We understand that this is stressful time, and we will take every step to protect your parental rights and relationships with your children.


Contact Feinberg Sharma, Today
When hiring a family law attorney in Illinois to assist with your divorce or parenting disputes, work with FS’s family lawyers who care and take the time to ease your stress. Contact our office at 312-376-8860, or email us at to schedule a consultation.