Five things to know about a custody evaluation #2. Document everything you can

If you’ve had missed visitations for any reason, make sure there’s a document. Make a call to the friend of the court and have them document that you didn’t have a visitation that time. If there are substance abuse issues in the past by the other party, make sure that is noted; document whatever you can because at that point it is he said, and she said between the parties. Whatever document you can provide is better for you, because otherwise it’s your word against the other parties and they are going to say, “No I didn’t refuse him visitation, he just didn’t show up.” So if you are the one that called the friend of the court and said, “I showed up at the meeting place or I showed up to pick up my daughter or my son and the other party didn’t let me have them”, that’s a document. This supports your side.