The social investigation is performed by an impartial mental health professional, according to F.S. 61.20, who is qualified to provide the court, the parties, and the parties’ attorneys with a thorough report addressing the best interests of the children.

A Social Investigation includes but is not limited to the following

  • Interviews with each child, parent, step-parent, or adult in a parenting role
  • Visits to the homes of each parent
  • Observations of each child with each adult in parenting role
  • Screening for domestic violence and abuse; all allegations are investigated
  • Contact with others living in each home
  • Contact with relevant professionals, such as teachers, doctors and employers
  • Background checks of relevant police and court records
  • Interviews with objective character references submitted by each parent
  • Findings of related cases, when identified
  • Completion of relevant surveys and questionnaires as requested by the social investigator
  • Presentation of facts to the court, addressing all the pertinent details relevant to a child’s best interest, and addressing parental responsibility and time-sharing arrangements as requested.
  • May include recommendations to the court.

Florida Statute 61.20 – Social Investigation

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