Forensic Services

Dr. Roth offers a variety of forensic services to assist the courts in making crucial decisions that can affect the emotional well-being of a family.

Custody Neutral Assessment:

The purpose of a Custody Neutral Assessment (CNA) is to gather information that will enable me to formulate an opinion concerning what custody/visitation arrangement is most likely to be in the best interests of your child(ren).  A CNA can take up to 3-4 hours of face-to-face time between the evaluator the litigants, and the child(ren) involved (when appropriate).  Typically, each litigant will meet for approximately 1.5 hours with the evaluator.  If it is appropriate to involve your child(ren), another 1 hour will be reserved to do so.  This time may include interviews with the child(ren) and observations of the interactions between parent and child(ren). This protocol may need to be modified based on the circumstances of the case. Following this assessment, an advisory report will be prepared with this evaluator’s impressions and submitted to the court.

The fee for a CNA in specific counties is set by the court.

Parenting Coordination:

The role the court ordered Parenting Coordinator PC is to engage in a process to help parents resolve conflicts.  If efforts to negotiate a resolution of an issue are unsuccessful, then the Parenting Coordinator resolves the issue through arbitration, based upon disclosures that were made in the negotiation process.  Dr. Roth will offer a recommendation that becomes binding until the Court enters an order of Judgment altering, modifying or terminating his recommendation.

Comprehensive Child Custody Evaluations:

The role of the court ordered child custody evaluator is to conduct an impartial evaluation of comparative custodial fitness. The purpose in conducting this evaluation is to gather information that will enable me to formulate an opinion concerning what custody/visitation arrangement is most likely to be in the best interests of your child(ren).  The information gathered will come from interviews with the litigants, the child(ren), collateral sources (teachers, physicians, therapists, neighbors, etc), a review of already existing records, and possibly objective psychological assessment.

Family Reunification Therapy:

Family reunification therapy is a court ordered process that involves re-integrating a family member or members to the family unit.  This most often occurs between a parent and a child but could also include members of the extended family.  The process of reunification may involve both individual and family therapy sessions and could include parenting skill development, coping skill development, as well as supervised and structured interactions between the parent and child(ren).

Court-appointed and/or forensic work are billed at a rate of $200 per hour.  This fee is prorated for every 10 minutes of work on a case.  Typically, a retainer is collected before a case is begun and payment will be taken from that retainer.