Custody Evaluator

Class Code: 007408
Grade: 26 (Exempt)
Salary Range: $72,061 – $118,509
Closing Date: Until filled.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Employment Application

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Personnel Class Specification

Custody Evaluator


Evaluators in the Family Division Services Department of the Montgomery County Circuit Court provide recommendations to the Judges and Family Division Magistrates through oral assessments, written evaluation reports, and/or testimony in family law cases. Evaluation is focused upon, but not limited to, custody and access (visitation) matters before the court, as well as adoptions.

Information obtained in the course of the performance of these duties may be confidential or private in nature. The employee in this position must recognize that visitors to the Court may be under significant stress and ensure that they are treated with dignity and discretion as they obtain court-ordered services.

Active casework includes contact with litigants, attorneys, governmental and private agencies, references, educational personnel, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals possessing knowledge bearing on the issues before the court, as well as collateral contacts. The Evaluator reports directly to the Senior Court Evaluator, the Family Division Coordinator, and ultimately, to the Court Administrator.

Circuit Court employees are at-will employees and serve at the discretion of the Administrative Judge. This means that either an employee, or the court, may terminate the employee relationship at any time, with or without cause. There are no contractual relationships between the Circuit Court and an employee; letters, benefit or policy statements, performance evaluation, handbooks, or other employee communications should not be interpreted as such. The at-will relationship remains in full force and effect notwithstanding any statements to the contrary made by court personnel or set forth in any documents.


To be successful, the employee in this position must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. It is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities and does not prescribe7 or restrict various additional diversified tasks and assignments that may be required by Judicial Officers and/or the Court Administrator.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Conduct extensive personal interviews with litigants and their children (age-appropriate), as well as observations of parent/child interaction. This includes visits to the litigants’ homes to conduct home studies, as well as telephone and in-person interviews of collateral contacts including social services, educational, and medical and mental health professionals, such as therapists, teachers, and childcare providers.
  • Prepare clear and concise oral and written reports of assessments and evaluations that include a psychosocial assessment, summary, and recommendations regarding the best interest of the child(ren) in custody, access, and adoption actions. Written reports are produced on a personal computer.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of family-related court procedures and policies.
  • Attend, participate, and testify in settlement conferences and/or merits hearings before Family Magistrates and Judges.
  • Review and evaluate home studies and post-placement supervisory reports prepared by licensed agencies and privately retained licensed social workers.
  • Prepare and present court-ordered Co-Parenting Skills Enhancement Sessions to litigants involved in custody/visitation cases, overseeing small group discussions and demonstrating strong knowledge of child development as well as family court procedures.
  • Conduct intake interviews for custody/access evaluation and/or supervised visitation intake interviews on a rotating schedule.
  • Attend mandatory bi-weekly unit meetings.
  • Respond to inquiries from the public, court personnel, and attorneys and self-represented litigants.
  • Provide clinical supervision and guidance to graduate level social work students.


  • Ability to work the full-time standard Court work schedule of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday), with flexibility to accommodate evening hours as needed, and maintain a regular, punctual, and reliable level of attendance.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Possess high-level interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment, tact, diplomacy, and competence in dealing with judges, attorneys, court personnel, and the public.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and at all times maintain a professional demeanor when interacting with court personnel and the public.
  • Ability to make decisions based on experience, good judgment, and established policies and procedures.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail in composing, typing and proofing materials.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative and professional working relationships with colleagues, court personnel and the public.
  • Conversational Spanish desirable, but not required.


  • Master’s degree in Social Work and Maryland LCSW-C licensure or Maryland LGSW licensure with at least two years’ experience working with families and children. A social worker with an equivalent licensure and experience in any other state that can be transferred to Maryland is also acceptable.
  • Superior writing and interviewing skills and command of the English language essential.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent organizational and customer service skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and an even temperament.
  • A valid motor vehicle operator’s license is required, as is a personal automobile to travel to home visits as needed (official mileage expenses are reimbursed).

Additional Notes

  1. It is a good idea to have your Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Prompt prepared before you complete the Employment Application.
  2. Your Employment Application will not be accepted until it has been fully completed and submitted with all three attachments.
  3. If the Employment Application is not complete or the Court has not received all supporting documents, your submission will be returned to you. An email notification will be sent to you requesting further information.
  4. You will be required to create an account if you need to save your Employment Application and complete it later.

For assistance or additional information about the Employment Application Process, please contact Court Administration at 240-777-9102 or by email at