A psychological evaluation is formal testing ordered by the court for one or both parties in a divorce case. Typically the party requesting the testing must foot the bill, which can run upwards of five to ten thousand dollars. However, psychological can be extremely helpful, particularly in custody cases. The evaluation can reveal major mental illness, as well as minor psychological roadblocks which are keeping a party from properly parenting. It is not uncommon for a judge to order both parties to undergo testing if it is requested by one of the parties, as the court may want a complete view of the mental state of the parties. The evaluation can be very beneficial to the court in high conflict cases, as it points everyone in the right direction in terms of resources or treatment necessary to help the situation. A psychological evaluation can also be used in situations where substance or prescription abuse has been an issue in the past and is still effecting a party’s behavior in the present.