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Old 10-02-2015, 01:35 PM
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What qualifications should a court assessor have? Do they need any credentials
in particular?

I'm reading various things online and would like to get some more information about who to hire.

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Old 10-03-2015, 07:23 AM
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The number one qualification which an assessor must possess is very high expectations for their personal finances. Related is the willingness to expand their own finances by taking lots of money from other families.

The cost quoted for an assessment often does not include the cost of the assessor telling the court what the assessor found. Thus, payment for the assessment is money wasted until the assessor is also paid to tell the court the findings.

If you plan to pay for an independent assessment and have the assessor as an "expert witness" in court, plan to spend the amount of money you would spend for a year of a child's post-secondary education in the future...or more.

In addition to these important qualifications, judges seem to approve of assessors who have a phd in psych.
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:16 PM
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Somethingelse is correct. You can expect to pay at least double of whatever amount they quote. Then they tell you you've made your final payment and once they prepare the report you can have it. Preparing the report will take a minimum of 6-9 months longer! At that point you are told the report is ready... But can't have it because guess what? It took more hours to prepare than they had thought so you owe them another $2000 ( you and your ex both owe another $2000 each). So this makes the report 3x as expensive as their original quote!!!!

Oh and don't even try to pick it up from their office yourself .No they can't allow that...even if you're self-rep.
Best Interest of the children is of no concern for them. They only care about the best interest of their pocket books!
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:28 PM
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Assessors can be social workers or psychologists. There can be bias from the assessor either way. They have their own agenda. They can also vary from one extreme to another. From recommending no access to one or both parents to recommending a convicted child molestor have full, unsupervised access to a child. Once in a while they get it right. There is no follow up whatsoever to assess whether their recommendations were implemented and if so, what were the consequences.
They also do no follow up to see if their reports escalate things to a whole new level of warfare.
It's a crap shoot, just like the judges. Beware!
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