1. Parents’ are persistently in significant conflict with one another;
2. There are serious concerns about the mental health or behavior of either parent;
3. Any other reason deemed appropriate by the Court.
A court appointed advisor is specifically authorized by Rule 10(E), Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure to testify or submit a report setting for the advisors recommendations regarding the best interests of the children and the basis for the advisors recommendation. A court appointed advisor may be called as a witness for the purpose of cross examination regarding the report without being listed as a witness by a party. Typically, the court appointed advisor has the authority to:
a. Meet with the children;
b. Meet and interview the parents, spouses, significant others and all adults living in the household;
c. Visit the home(s) of the parents to determine if the environments are appropriate for the children;
d. Investigate and review both parents, their spouses and significant others’ backgrounds with regard to criminal arrests and convictions;
e. Determine if drug testing by either or both parents is needed;
f. Review the children’s school/daycare records, parenting skills records, psychological evaluations and counseling records;
g. Visit/Interview the children’s daycare providers; and
h. Review law enforcement, court or child protective services reports concerning the children.
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