This problem surfaces in Child Welfare litigation, as well. Take a look at this excellent article discussing bias of professional opinions in Custody litigation.
How to Combat Biased Third Parties
In many child custody dispute a third party can be brought in to evaluate both parents, or in some cases the children as well, to make an accurate conclusion based on the facts present such as mental and physical well being, financial stability or background assessments. This can sometimes be requested by one parent or the other, a family member involved in the child’s life or mandated by the judge before a court order can be drawn up. The person performing the evaluation will most likely be a Psychologist of a sub-field involving family dynamics or mental well being. It’s also not uncommon to have a legal professional do the evaluation. Unfortunately professional evaluators can carry a bias with them that can negatively affect mothers or fathers. It is possible to blow the whistle on a biased professional evaluator or get a different person…
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