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10.36.09.00.htm 10.36.09.00. Title 10 MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Subtitle 36 BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF PSYCHOLOGISTS Chapter 09 Child Custody Evaluations in Family Law Proceedings Authority: Health Occupations Article, §18-206, Annotated Code of Maryland
10.36.09.01.htm 10.36.09.01. 01 Scope.. A. This chapter governs the professional conduct of licensed psychologists who are performing child custody evaluations or who otherwise render an opinion on legal or physical custody.B. This chapter is not intended to negate the psychologist’s obligations to comply with other provisions of this subtitle.C. This chapter does not apply to the following types of proceedings:. 1) Child in need of assistance (CINA) proceedings in accordance with Courts
10.36.09.02.htm 10.36.09.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Child” means an individual younger than 18 years old.. 2) “Child custody evaluation” means an assessment performed by a psychologist in order to render findings and recommendations regarding custody or visitation that are in the best interest of a child.3) “Child Custody Proceeding” means a proceeding in which legal custody, physical custody, or visita
10.36.09.03.htm 10.36.09.03. 03 Preparing for a Child Custody Evaluation.. Before performing a child custody evaluation, a psychologist shall:. A. Obtain a copy of:. 1) The court order; or. 2) An agreement signed by the parties;. B. Review the scope of the evaluation as defined by the court’s order or the signed agreement and insure that the order or agreement is consistent with the provisions of this chapter; andC. Obtain the necessary signed informed consent from the parties, which shall include:.
10.36.09.04.htm 10.36.09.04. 04 Competence Necessary to Conduct Child Custody Evaluations.. A. To be considered competent to conduct child custody evaluations, a psychologist shall have education, training, experience, or supervision in the following areas:1) Child and adult development and psychopathology;. 2) Family dynamics and psychopathology, including the impact of divorce;. 3) Maryland law governing:. a) Divorce;. b) Child custody proceedings;. c) Child abuse and neglect; and. d) Family violence; and.
10.36.09.05.htm 10.36.09.05. 05 Standards of Practice in Conducting a Child Custody Evaluation.. A. In order to determine legal and physical custody arrangements that serve the child’s best interests, a psychologist conducting a child custody evaluation shall:1) Assess the following:. a) Parenting skills and capacities of the adults; and. b) The child’s psychological functioning and developmental needs;. 2) Use multiple methods of data gathering, including, but not limited to:.
10.36.09.9999.htm 10.36.09.9999. Administrative History Effective date: August 22, 2011 (38:17 Md. R. 1013).
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