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Re: how detailed is the home study?

From: JM
Conditions of use: accepted & agree
Date: 02 Sep 2004
Time: 17:46:18
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Sound similar in some way's to my husband's attempts to get custody (currently joint.) We had a homestudy that showed good things about father/our home, and instability on mother's part, but there was a STRONG pro-mother bias that came through. What I also noticed about the report was that - in the absence of clear abuse/neglect - the homestudy person was not willing to recommend any change to the joint custody. I.e., needed something more than instability, unfamiliar boyfriends to have a basis for changing from joint custody. However, from what I've seen, homestudy evaluators have far less room to maneuver in recommending custody changes than a Guardian ad litem or a trial. The same facts weigh differently in a homestudy and a trial or guardian report. So...we're going for a guardian and/or trial. A homestudy is only what it says - doesn't really get into the issues that you raise, like what's truly in the children's best interests, unless there are glaring issues of violence, etc. Let me know how things go...

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