Leesa M. Poag, Attorney, Woodruff Family Law Group
Recently, the North Carolina Court of Appeals has taken steps to hold medical professionals accountable when they become involved in legal proceedings. Family law attorneys in North Carolina are familiar with the process of a custody evaluation performed by a licensed psychologist. The Court of Appeals recently held that these licensed psychologists can be disciplined by their licensing board if their performance of the evaluation negatively affects clients, or even attorneys involved in a case.
Dr. Annette Baker was appointed by the court to complete a custody evaluation in relation to a modification of custody hearing. Dr. Baker initially met with both the mother and father involved in the case, as well as the minor children.
Initially, Dr. Baker was in communication with both parents, as well as the father’s attorney, Archie Futrell. When the evaluation began to drag out past the point that the parties had expected it to be completed, the mother, father, and Mr. Futrell all began what would be a long and arduous process of attempting to communicate with Dr. Baker. As the months dragged on and the evaluation still had not been completed, all parties involved became frustrated with Dr. Baker’s lack of progress and lack of communication. Mr. Futrell attempted to contact Dr. Baker via phone, emails and letters but received no meaningful communication from her through any medium. Continue reading →