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The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Possible Questions for Clinical Psychologist

If you are ever allowed to instruct one that is!

Please provide an individual psychological profile of X.

Please comment on the quality of relationship and level of attachment between the child/ren and the parent(s).

Please say whether there is any aspect of the parent(s) psychological profile which in your view has any bearing on their ability to parent a child.

Please comment on the ability of the parent(s) to cope with stress.

In the event that you consider either or both of the parents have a psychological provide which affects their ability to care for a child, please comment on that parent's ability to change, the timescale within such change could be achieved and whether in your opinion that timescale is compatible with the child/ren's long-term needs?

Please comment on the state/ status of the parents' relationship with each other.

Please comment on the commitment of X to remain separated from Y.

Please comment on whether it would be advisable for there to be a separate psychiatric assessment of either parent or the children.

Click for full draft letter of instruction in word.

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