Child Custody Evaluations

Cindy Chilcote, LCSW conducts child custody evaluations in Fort Bend, Harris, Brazos, and surrounding counties.  These evaluations are only done with a signed court-order appointing her to conduct an evaluation, and Cindy Chilcote, LCSW follows the guidelines outlined in the Texas Family Code, Section 107.051, related to Social Studies.  Child custody evaluations are conducted to assist the court in determining the best parenting plan for children in the midst of contested litigation within family law cases, and these evaluations are forensic in nature.  Because, these evaluations are not therapeutic, and any and all information received by the evaluator is not confidential.  Upon completion of an evaluation, one, if not both parties, can be disappointed in the assessment and/or the final recommendation since it can often be hard to examine one’s own behavior and areas in need of improvement.  Cindy Chilcote attempts to ensure that each of her child custody evaluations is thorough and that she has reviewed any and all information that either party has requested for her to review within the parameters of her policies and procedures.  Cindy Chilcote’s ultimate goal is to work in making a decision that appears to be in the best interest of the children involved in the case.  Cindy attempts to assist parents in negotiating their lives and their home environments after a difficult divorce; while also assisting the court in making a final parenting plan for the children in question when parents are unable to resolve their own disputes.