By Gerald Cooke: Judges and custody evaluators must carefully explore a teenager's underlying motives to properly gauge how much weight their parental preference should be given.
By Peter Walzer: People's pets are as important to them. They consider them like their children, and family lawyers should take these cases seriously – the clients do!
By David T. Pisarra: While pets are still considered property more judges are acknowledging the role pets play in our lives. By developing an expertise in pet custody you'll not only increase the breadth of your practice, but will reach out to an often neglected, large sector of the population.
By Dr. Judith Greenberg: What can an educational consultant do for you as an expert witness in a relocation, custody change, or simple divorce? An educational expert can be a secret weapon and have significant impact on a judge's decision.
By Marlene Eskind Moses and Beth A. Townsend: Divorce can affect children profoundly by undermining their sense of stability and well-being. Creating a situation where a child feels forced to choose sides only worsens the effects.
By Marlene Eskind Moses and Beth A. Townsend: The Role of the Parenting Coordinator: While parenting coordination is not the answer in every case, for some parties it provides a much-needed alternative for quick dispute resolution.
By Margaret Price: What you should consider while handling divorce cases with special needs children.
Child custody evaluations conducted by psychologists typically include personality testing of each of the parents, and sometimes also of significant others. While personality tests do not bear directly on parenting capacity, these tests often provide important information about personality traits which, along with other data, may be relevant to assessing parenting capacity.
By Noah Rosenfarb: In general, there are four different types of tax credits that divorcing parents should understand before resolving which parent will claim the dependency exemption and/or how joint custody should be addressed in an agreement.
The family law practitioner is confronted with the results of psychological testing with increasing frequency. The tests are generally interpreted as establishing the mental health and parenting skills of a parent.