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(1) Licensees shall obtain informed consents from parents involved in parenting plan evaluations and, to the extent feasible, inform children of significant aspects of the evaluation prior to conducting interviews, testing, or other data-gathering procedures. Disclosure of information to the parents shall include a thorough explanation of all major aspects of the evaluation, including:

(a) a general review of the purpose, nature, methods, scope, and limitations of a parenting plan evaluation, and the potential impact of the evaluation on the outcome of litigation;

(b) clarification as to who has requested the evaluation and who will receive verbal or written feedback as to the results and recommendations;

(c) the nature of data to be collected and potential uses to which that data will be put, including data from testing and structured interview protocols;

(d) the methods of assessing and collecting fees for professional services, including specification of who will be financially responsible for the evaluation, expectations as to the timing of payments, and policies related to the collection of unpaid fees; and

(e) the nature and limits of confidentiality, both as generally applicable to professional services, and as required by the nature of the evaluation. (See ARM 24.219.1211)

(2) Licensees shall inform the parents of the above elements and offer each parent the opportunity to discuss the proposed evaluation with an attorney before proceeding.


History: 37-1-131, 37-39-103, MCA; IMP, 37-1-131, 37-39-103, MCA; NEW, 2011 MAR p. 2038, Eff. 9/23/11; AMD, 2024 MAR p. 279, Eff. 2/10/24.

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