Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 1. Direct Parental Placements

Time And Filing Of Evaluation

42-4-114. Time and filing of evaluation. (1) Unless the court for good cause allows an earlier or later filing, the evaluator shall file a complete written evaluation with the court within not less than 90 days and not more than 180 days after receipt of the court's order for an evaluation.

(2) If an evaluation raises a specific concern, as described in 42-3-205, the evaluation must be filed immediately and must explain why the concern poses a significant risk of harm to the physical or psychological well-being of the child.

(3) An evaluator shall give the prospective adoptive parent a copy of the evaluation when it is filed with the court and shall permanently retain a copy of the evaluation and a list of every source for each item of information in the evaluation. If the evaluator ceases to conduct business in Montana, all evaluations in the evaluator's possession must be forwarded to the department for permanent retention.

History: En. Sec. 101, Ch. 480, L. 1997.