Work-Product Experts in Custody Evaluations with Dr. Andrew Loizeaux | Episode 98

Divorce at Altitude Podcast

When it comes to custody evaluations, the court has to be thorough. CFI reports can prove to be inadequate if not paired with guidance and a better understanding of the nuances at play. This is where the work-product expert comes into the picture. 

Joining us to explain the invaluable role of work-product experts in custody evaluations is Dr. Andrew Loizeaux, licensed clinical psychologist and work-product expert. Dr. Loizeaux is a veteran when it comes to ethical principles and has performed over 400 custody evaluations in child and family investigations since 1988. 

In this episode, he walks us through his process and clarifies the insurmountable value his role plays in the custody evaluation process. We discover the alarming prevalence of problematic custody evaluation reports and learn about the purpose of informational and standard of care reviews. Tune in to find out more about this crucial position and how, if carried out properly, a work-product review allows for a fair and unbiased verdict.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • What a work-product expert does and the criteria by which they review.
  • Dr. Loizeaux walks us through his work-product review process.
  • A client’s options if they get an adverse CFI report.
  • Dr. Loizeaux’s protocol when dealing with conflicting PREs in custody cases. 
  • Common pitfalls of CFIs and PREs.
  • The danger of confirmation bias in a custody case.
  • The alarming prevalence of problematic custody evaluation reports.
  • The importance of experience and varied expertise in the work-product review field.
  • The value a work-product expert adds to a case.
  • Why recommendations by anyone without a court-appointed role are not accepted.
  • What informational and standard of care reviews are and the purposes they serve.
  • The best time to hire a work-product expert.
  • What a work-product expert investigates, once hired.
  • How long the work-product review generally takes.


What is Divorce at Altitude?

Ryan Kalamaya and Amy Goscha provide tips and recommendations on issues related to divorce, separation, and co-parenting in Colorado. Ryan and Amy are the founding partners of an innovative and ambitious law firm, Kalamaya | Goscha, that pushes the boundaries to discover new frontiers in family law, personal injuries, and criminal defense in Colorado.

If you have additional questions or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 970-429-5784 or email us at info@kalamaya.law.

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