Louisiana Revised Statutes Tit. 9, § 331. Custody or visitation proceeding;  evaluation by mental health professional

A. The court may order an evaluation of a party or the child in a custody or visitation proceeding for good cause shown.  The evaluation shall be made by a mental health professional selected by the parties or by the court.  The court may render judgment for costs of the evaluation, or any part thereof, against any party or parties, as it may consider equitable.

B. The court may order a party or the child to submit to and cooperate in the evaluation, testing, or interview by the mental health professional.  The mental health professional shall provide the court and the parties with a written report.  The mental health professional shall serve as the witness of the court, subject to cross-examination by a party.


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