Ten tips to make the consultation worthwhile.
By Dr. Mark Banschick (New York)
As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I’ve testified for many years as an expert witness and have some thoughts about the process. It is my honor to write for an audience who surely knows this subject well. In fact, as a family lawyer, you probably understand better than anyone that our judicial system is not well built to deal with the complex interpersonal issues involved in a bitter divorce like child custody. But good or bad, it’s the system that we have. There are no crystal balls and judges can be inundated with complaints that can be dizzying. They naturally turn to a child psychiatrist or another experienced child development expert to give some guidance.
Here are ten tips that can make your work in these matters more successful.
Our court system is not perfect and experts, judges and lawyers will get it wrong every now and then. But, with some good planning and a solid expert witness, you may get an outcome that works out for the children of a divorce case. The hard work of finding the right expert and setting it up properly is well worth it.
There is a lot at stake. You move on to the next case. These kids have to live with whatever is decided. Do your homework, try to hire the best out there, don’t use hired guns unless you have to, pay them upfront if possible, prepare your clients well, deal effectively with the disturbed ones and make sure the consultation provides direction to better ensure a good outcome.
You get one shot. Make this consultation with an expert witness really count.
Mark Banschick, MD is a child psychiatrist and the author of The Intelligent Divorce book series (www.TheIntelligentDivorce.com) and the online parenting course that may be useful to your clients (www.FamilyStablizationCourse.com). He is available for consultation or for professional public speaking a Bar Association Meetings etc. Dr. Banschick can be reached at: email@example.com.
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Family Lawyer Magazine
Spring 2019 Issue
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