By Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D (auth.), Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D (eds.)
Whether assessing basic family members functioning or particular components of clash, pros ordering, undertaking, or reviewing baby custody reviews require sound wisdom of 3 interrelated fields: up-todate felony matters, mental findings, and forensic methods. A complete consultant to baby Custody reviews covers those 3 crucial components to stroll readers during the evaluate procedure basically and concisely. This distinctive interdisciplinary booklet emphasizes specialist ethics, children’s mental wellbeing and fitness, and transparent conversation between all events as keys to resolving disputes with potency and thoroughness, and minimizing the possibilities of kids and their households getting misplaced in crimson tape.
Among the Guide’s features:
• felony criteria for custody reviews and recommendations.
• tactics for engaging in custody reviews, with the newest information on mental checking out, interviewing young children, and residential observations.
• instructions for writing: assessment stories, orders for reviews, parenting plans.
• criminal and moral criteria for critiquing assessment reports.
• present felony and research-based details on specified concerns, together with substitute relations preparations, scientific difficulties, baby sexual abuse, estrangement, and parental abduction.
• Reference and source sections supply extra support.
The Guide’s interdisciplinary method might be of worthwhile reduction to forensic psychological future health execs in carrying out reviews and speaking effects, relatives and probate judges in ordering and assessing custody reviews, and family members legal professionals in determining how you can procedure numerous features of the kin state of affairs, no matter if to request a custody overview, and the way to continue after the custody evaluate is done.
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Additional info for A Comprehensive Guide to Child Custody Evaluations: Mental Health and Legal Perspectives
2, p. 73). Some states have dealt with this issue by distinguishing between evaluations that need mental health experts and those that do not. , 2005b). Parenting Coordinator9 In 8–12% of custody disputes, the severe conflict does not end with the child custody evaluation and subsequent court order regarding a parenting plan. 10 In response to their frustration with the constant relitigation of these families, judges in some jurisdictions have begun to ROLES AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN CUSTODY DISPUTES • 13 delegate limited areas of authority over child custody issues to experienced mental health professionals and attorneys by appointing them as parenting coordinators.
26 A mental health professional may become an expert witness in two basic ways. One way is for the Court to request that the professional provide information about child development, family dynamics in divorce, general psychological principles and research, or other matters related but not limited to a case. Here the mental health professional is offering expert testimony to the Court without direct knowledge of a specific case. This is the most straightforward, 22 • GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS non-controversial type of expert witness because the expert is not seen as favoring one side in the custody dispute.
The existing guidelines and standards call for comprehensive evaluations where the evaluator conducts a thorough, impartial assessment of each family member and of the overall family interactions. The psychological health of each child must be assessed, along with the psychological health and parenting abilities of each parent or caretaker. 4 MODELS AND GUIDELINES • 33 The present volume focuses on comprehensive child custody evaluations because these are currently the norm in child custody disputes.
A Comprehensive Guide to Child Custody Evaluations: Mental Health and Legal Perspectives by Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D (auth.), Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D (eds.)