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Written by attorney Angelina Maria Monte Zinn | Nov 21, 2011

A Child During Divorce or Child Custody: Questionnaire for Parents

A Child During Divorce or Child Custody: Questionnaire for Parents

The following questions are helpful in evaluting your child's emotions during divorce or a child custody dispute. After reading the questions, see my other entitled, "Ground Rules for Divorce," to find helpful ways to resolve the dispute(s) between you and your spouse, which leads to less conflict for your child.

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. When your child is upset, what does he/she do to get comfort?

  2. When your child is present during a disagreement or fight between you and the other parent, what does he/she do?

  3. At the time of a custodial transition, when your child is coming to you, what does he/she do?

  4. At the time of a custodial transition, when your child is going to the other parent, what does he/she do?

  5. Within the first hours after transitioning to your care, how does your child behave?

  6. During the first two days after transitioning to your care, are there changes in your child’s behavior?

  7. When telephone calls to your child, during your custodial time, are initiated by the other parent, what does your child do?

  8. When you telephone your child while he/she is with the other parent, what does your child do?

  9. When told of an upcoming transition to the care of the other parent, what does your child do?

  10. When both parents are present at an event, such as a school event, what does your child do?

  11. At the time of a custodial transition, when your child is coming to you, what does the other parent say or do?

  12. At the time of a custodial transition, when your child is coming to you, what do you say or do?

  13. At the time of a custodial transition, when your child is going to the other parent, what does the other parent do?

  14. At the time of a custodial transition, when your child is going to the other parent, what do you do?

  15. When the child is with you and asks to talk to or to see the other parent, what do you do?

  16. When the child is with you and the other parent calls, what do you do?

  17. When the child is with the other parent and you call to talk to the child what does the other parent do? What does the child do?

  18. Describe your child’s relationship to your extended family members??

  19. Describe your child’s relationship to the other parent’s extended family members?

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