WA Custody Evaluator’s Arrest and Suicide Could Leave Court Adopted Recommendations Vulnerable to Challenge

There was a hotly contested child custody case.

There were allegations of sexual abuse.

A custody evaluation was ordered.

The custody evaluator’s recommendation was adopted by the court and incorporated into a custody order …

Then the custody evaluator, a psychologist, was arrested for voyeurism.

Then his license was suspended.

Then he committed suicide.

Then what?

That is the question plaguing a lot of folks in Seattle, where the above reportedly befell a noted psychologist and custody evaluator.

Those involved in the family court system anticipate a greater than typical number of challenges to custody determinations as a result of the above events.

And that could mean future upheaval in the lives of many affected children.

Only time will tell whether his recommendations withstand any challenges which may be made.

Read more in this Seattle Times article: Therapist’s suicide could trigger challenges in legal cases.