Establishing Effective Supervised Parenting Time
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Establishing Effective Supervised Parenting Time

Along with the rising level of acrimony in custody disputes, we note an increase in motions for restricted and supervised parenting time. These requests occur most often in cases with high levels of chronic discord and a history of unremitting litigation. Motions assert the need for supervision based on a variety of claims including child…

Research Findings on Children’s Post-divorce Adjustment
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Research Findings on Children’s Post-divorce Adjustment

Attorneys and divorcing parents often contact us with very specific questions about children’s post-divorce adjustment. We have compiled the following list of research-based findings that answer many of these questions. The primary residential parent’s mental health is an important factor influencing children’s post-divorce adjustment. Children, whose primary residential parent has a serious mental health, drug…

Preparing For a Child Custody Evaluation
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Preparing For a Child Custody Evaluation

An integral aspect of divorce involves the determination of where the children will live and what proportion of their time will be spent with each parent. Even in the best of circumstances this decision can be emotion laden and stimulate strong feelings in each parent and in their children. In the ideal situation, divorcing parents…

Overnights for Young Children
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Overnights for Young Children

Approximately 40% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. As a consequence of divorce and separation, thousands of children spend at least a few years living in single-parent households. More than 50% of children are affected by divorce by the time they finish first grade, and three-quarters of these are impacted before…

Essential Elements of Competent Child Custody Evaluations
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Essential Elements of Competent Child Custody Evaluations

Psychologists are increasingly called upon to provide forensic services for the courts. In the family law arena, one service that is often requested of psychologists is to conduct child custody evaluations. While practice patterns may vary, competent child custody evaluations include certain basic elements. The purpose of this article is to identify those elements and…