DePasquale v. Superior Court
In DePasquale v. Superior Court, 181 Ariz. 333, 890 P.2d 628 (App. 1995), the Court held that the trial court erred by declaring that it would order whatever interim child custody a psychologist might recommend. 181 Ariz. at 335-336, 890 P.2d at 630-631.
The DePasquale court concluded that while a court may consider expert opinion in making custody decisions, it "can neither delegate a judicial decision to an expert witness nor abdicate its responsibility to exercise independent judgment." Id. at 336, 890 P.2d at 631.