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.
Domestic Violence[Page 165]
In the past few decades, there has been an increased focus on understanding domestic violence and its various dynamics and how it affects the family, particularly the children. While the debate about what conditions precipitate domestic violence has grown, so has the social awareness.
In the year 2009 alone, I learned about several cases in which fathers murdered their ex-spouse, or committed murder–suicide, and where children or other relatives were murdered as well. Judges hear evidence of violence, put restraining orders in place, and yet women and their children are killed. These cases receive considerable publicity, judges are blamed when they do not allow a parent to move when the request for the move is for safety reasons, and communities act to prevent ...