Regardless of one’s standing in life or parental legacy, no one is immune to the uncertainties of life, including relationships that do not endure. Colorado families often face the challenges and turmoil that accompany a difficult child custody dispute. Recently, it was reported that the daughter of one of music’s most beloved icons is caught up in a bitter custody battle of her own.

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presely, is seeking full custody of the twin daughters she had with her fourth husband. The estranged parents are purportedly caught up in a bitter fight over the children. As a result, the court has appointed a child psychologist to interview the children to assess how they are handling the ongoing feud. Along with the children, interviews will be conducted with all of the adults who have regular contact with the children, including the parents, grandparents and teachers. Siblings of the twins will also be interviewed.

This will be the fourth divorce for Presley who reportedly has struggled financially in spite of inheriting substantial assets after her father died unexpectedly. It is unclear whether financial pressure contributed to the breakdown of her current marriage. The court-ordered evaluation will take some time to complete and may play a significant role in determining how the court will award custody in this matter.

During a contentious divorce, children are often caught up in the battle, especially when parents are unable to come to an agreement on child custody. If a court is concerned that the dispute between the parents is placing undue stress on children, then these types of evaluations are helpful in attempting to relieve the emotional stress that children may be experiencing. Colorado residents who are concerned about ensuring the well-being of their children both during and after the divorce process may seek the guidance of an attorney who is well-versed in family law and can protect the best interests of the children involved.