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.



At the outset of this process, I planned to write one more chapter, focusing on issues that were important but were beyond the scope of this book. I have decided to address those issues here. All of these issues are important, yet they are either beyond my own expertise or there is not sufficient literature to guide readers to understanding those issues. I will focus on each of them in short detail.

Special Needs Issues for Children

There is little in the custody evaluation literature focusing on this topic (Perryman, 2005; Saposnek, Perryman, Berkow, & Ellsworth, 2005). At the same time, with the apparent increase in children being diagnosed with various special needs, it is increasingly likely that evaluators will experience these special needs children in ...

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