A social investigation is a process performed by an impartial, qualified professional who can provide the court, the parties involved in the case, and the parties’ attorneys with information and recommendations pertaining to the best interests of the child(ren).
The investigator gathers information through interviews conducted with, but not limited to: the children, the parents/custodians, teachers, doctors, and employers. The investigator also follows up with character references and completes background checks into police and court records.
The results of these comprehensive investigations are then compiled into a written report and is presented to the judge for consideration when making decisions in cases involving disputes in family law matters, such as shared parental responsibility, time-sharing and the making of important decisions regarding those matters.
The social investigator then drafts a parenting plan recommendation that addresses the parents’ decision making authority and specific time-sharing schedules for the court’s consideration.