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Covering the mental health expert's many roles as therapist, mediator, evaluator, consultant to attorneys, expert witness, and more, Philip M. Stahl's Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: From Basic to Complex Issues addresses key topics such as the best interests of the child, custody and time share, divorce and its impact on children, and children's developmental needs. From tackling the terror of testifying to critiquing your own child custody evaluations and avoiding bias inherent in this work, this practical and easy-to-read book offers comprehensive coverage vital to practitioners in this field.

Gathering Collateral Data
Gathering collateral data

In my original book on child custody evaluations (P. Stahl, 1994), I provided some limited guidelines for the use of collateral information in the child custody evaluation process. In that section, I focused primarily on the professional collateral witnesses who can provide balanced and neutral information about family members and the relationships between them. However, that information was quite limited. Since then, there has been additional literature focusing on this topic. For purposes of this chapter, I will focus on what collateral data are, the benefits of gathering and integrating collateral data into the overall custody evaluation data, and the process by which child custody evaluators gather collateral data.

A survey of Association of Family and Conciliation Court (AFCC) member custody ...

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