Court Conciliation & Evaluation Service was formed in 1985.
Since parental access and other divorce related issues are usually surrounded
by a high degree of emotionality, CCES combines a conciliation and evaluation
approach. Incorporated within the CCES model are elements of parenting
education and co-parenting counseling, conciliation efforts, and evaluation
methods. The combination of these elements in one procedure has both time-saving
and cost-saving benefits.
Most parents sincerely believe they know what is in their child’s
“best interests.” What they may not fully realize is that
the “best interests of the child” constitutes a legal standard
that only a judge will decide. To assist the court in the adjudication
process, CCES provides either an Agreed-Upon Parenting Plan or a Recommended
Parenting Plan as well as a full clinical report.
By asking parents to meet together to outline their issues and concerns
and by promoting the importance of co-parenting skills in sustaining the
final arrangement, CCES seeks to define parents not as “adversaries,”
but as parenting partners who will continue to have an important relationship
with each other long after a divorce decree ends the marriage.
One cannot underestimate the benefit to children when parents can agree
on a custody arrangement rather than engaging in protracted legal proceedings.
For that reason, we believe that the CCES process is helpful to parents
and children and encourages the emotional healing necessary when families
are forced to restructure.
Anthony W. Clark, L.C.S.W., Director