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Domestic Violence against Women and Children

Domestic violence against women and children is a serious societal concern. Researchers have estimated that each year more than 10% of American women are the victims of domestic violence, and that three million American children are exposed to domestic violence. Research has shown that these children are also at risk of being battered by their […]

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Critique of Child Custody Evaluations and Reports

In child custody disputes, Michigan law provides that courts may utilize a psychologist to conduct investigations and make recommendations regarding a child’s best interests. Judges may be inclined to appoint a psychologist in cases where a mother or father face an allegation of parental alienation or when parents are embroiled in a high level of […]

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Appropriate Limits on Critiques of Child Custody Evaluations

As court-ordered child custody evaluations have become common, attorneys are increasingly retaining forensic psychologists to critique child custody reports to determine if there is a basis to challenge the conclusions or recommendations. While it is permissible for forensic psychologists to assist attorneys to prepare for litigation by helping them understand the technical aspects of a […]

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Change of Domicile in Divorce: What is in the Child’s Best Interest?

We know that children adjust best following divorce when parents resolve their conflicts and are able to work together in the best interests of the children. Parental interests often conflict, however, when a custodial parent seeks to move and attempts to take the child with him/her. When a move occurs, it is bound to affect […]

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