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Child Custody and Domestic Violence: A Call for Safety and Accountability focuses on the complexity of the challenges facing judges, lawyers, legislators, and mental health professionals in developing safe and effective strategies for resolving custody disputes. Jaffe, Lemon, and Poisson integrate the most recent clinical and legal issues in the field in considering the prevalence of divorce and domestic violence as well as the relevance of domestic violence in custody disputes. The authors outline the essential differences between custody disputes with and without allegations and findings of domestic violence, and the different analysis and distinct interventions by judges, policymakers, and mental health professionals necessary in domestic violence cases.

Why Domestic Violence is Relevant in Child-Custody Disputes
Why domestic violence is relevant in child-custody disputes

Everyone is touched by divorce. Separating parents turn to friends, relatives, and colleagues at work for advice and assistance with their new life circumstances. Some parents seek advice in advance, and plan for the pending transition in their lives. Other parents find themselves in unexpected crisis situations and their children in turmoil. Support comes from informal groups, and professionals in the mental health and legal arenas. The challenges in giving meaningful and helpful advice are enormous. Questions such as the following are raised: How will my children be affected by my divorce? What schedule will best meet their needs at various ages? Can I successfully share parenting and decision making ...

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