In determining the best interests of your child during a custody battle in Missouri, the judge may decide that a psychological evaluation is necessary. According to the American Psychological Association, there are certain goals that the psychologist should attempt to accomplish during this meeting with your child.
You and your former spouse may have very different parenting styles, and the psychologist will evaluate how these specifically affect your child's needs. This is not meant to be a general assessment of you and the other parent. Instead, it is a practical evaluation of your behaviors and attitudes toward parenting as they are applied to the way you take care of your child. The psychologist is trying to identify if one of you is a better fit for custodial parent, or if you are both suited to co-parent.