BFA is an alternative to comprehensive custody and parenting evaluations. Information is gathered on a narrowly defined issue in custody and parenting time disputes. Counselors provide answers to “well defined and specific” questions, which are identified by the court. The assessment provides descriptive reporting of data and interview information and offers suggestions or recommendations on the specific issue. This is not a full custody evaluation, therefore, recommendations for custody will not be made within this assessment.
The BFA will conclude with the submission of a written report to the Court, the attorneys and parties. The report will summarize the focus of the assessment and attempt to answer the specific questions identified at the point of referral. A summary and analysis of the information may include opinions and/or recommendations related to the issues specified in the BFA referral.