Q: I have a custody evaluation that was done in Augusta, GA that I disagree with. What can I do?
The evaluator did the MCII and PAI and finds them both invalid, but takes a binder full of facebook posts my ex handed to him saying, "Yes, she made all these", and, without any attempt at independent verification, incorporates them into his attempted diagnoses as anywhere from bipolar to schizophrenic (he also ignores the fact that posts detailing my ex-husband's abuse outweigh "concerning" posts 10 to 1), along with my ex's testimony, which constantly contradicts itself. He also claims there is no basis for claims that the ex abused me, in spite of a previous arrest.
What can I do? Can I appeal the evaluation or have it reviewed by another court? If so, is there a time frame from the date I was given the evaluation? Or must I file for custody and start the case all over, and pay for another evaluation?
Is there any way to have the court order my ex to be present for the evaluation, or to allow my child to be present for it? Without filing for another custody hearing?
A: These are all questions that you should be directing to your lawyer. As the person most familiar with your case, your lawyer is the first person to go to with these types of questions. If you do not have a lawyer, then it would be a good idea to hire one . . . a very good one, right away. Without know what the evaluator reviewed specifically, and what the testimony was at the hearing, it is impossible to give you an answer as to how to proceed. Good luck!
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