Independent Mental Health Evaluations in Virginia Child Custody Actions
The Code of Virginia provides at § 20-124.2 that:
“…D. In any case in which custody or visitation of minor children is at issue, whether in a circuit or district court, the court may order an independent mental health or psychological evaluation to assist the court in its determination of the best interests of the child. The court may enter such order as it deems appropriate for the payment of the costs of the evaluation by the parties."