Differentiate yourself as a thought-leader in the area of child custody by sharing your knowledge and experience in Family Lawyer Magazine and on FamilyLawyerMagazine.com!
The Spring 2020 issue of Family Lawyer Magazine will have a special focus on Child Custody and Parenting Time, and we are looking for 250-word tips and 1,200-word articles from top family lawyers, mediators, arbitrators, and judges.
If you wish to contribute (or need more information about this opportunity), please send an email to Editors@FamilyLawyerMagazine.com by February 1, 2020, stating what you’d like to write about. Your completed submission is due on or before March 2, 2020.
All answers conforming to our Guidelines will appear on this website, and the most thought-provoking/pertinent will also be printed in Family Lawyer Magazine.
Child Custody Trends in 2020: Topics to Consider
We’re looking for feedback or articles on any of the following topics:
- Approximately what percentage of recent custody disputes have you seen end with a joint legal custody award? Has this changed over the last five or ten years?
- Except in cases in which one parent is absent or poses a clear danger to the children, do you think we have achieved true shared parenting?
- When the court awards joint physical custody, are mothers still “more equal” than fathers in terms of actual time with the children?
- Like it or not, we all bring our unconscious biases to work with us. Have you seen cases where a parenting evaluator’s, lawyer’s, or even a judge’s biases have resulted in a custody award that was not in the children’s best interests?
- What are your best tips for handling high-conflict parents embroiled in a custody battle? Approximately what percentage of your custody cases are high conflict?
- Have you found any software/apps that can allow a high-conflict divorce couple to co-parent successfully?
- What are the pros and cons of using a parenting evaluator?
- Have you have created an outside-the-box custody arrangement that worked beautifully?
- About an unusual custody arrangement you have seen that was a disaster – perhaps one that became your case to fix?
- Do you think the laws relating to legal and physical custody in your state need to be changed – or is the status quo more than adequate? Why?
Of course, these suggestions are just to prime the pump – you are welcome to choose a topic of your own as long as it pertains to legal and/or physical custody.
Child Custody Trends in 2020: Quick Survey
We also plan to include feedback from a survey in a feature article. If you don’t have time to write, but would still like to have your say, then take our two-minute survey (below)! If you don’t see the form, or encounter any difficulties in filling it out, please click here instead.
A positive trend for children and parents is the increasing involvement of child specialists. In our area, these are mental health professionals with expertise in child development, family systems, and mediation as well as experience in assisting with family restructuring resulting from separation and divorce. An interdisciplinary approach provides the best professional expertise and increases the potential of positive outcomes for families.
We support this approach through our law firm (Hansen & Hildebrand) and the Family Mediation Center we established (www.familymediationcenter.org).