Category Archives: Child Custody

Court Ordered Reunification Therapy

Reunification therapy is not a legal term, nor is it a psychological term, but it is becoming more widely used in divorce cases.  Reunification Therapy (RT) is a therapeutic intervention for separated families when the children find difficulty visiting with … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Supervised Visitation

Therapeutic supervised visitation is similar to a traditional monitored visit between the non-custodial parent and child, except that a licensed therapist supervises and guides the visit. The therapist meets the family prior to, during and after the visit to help … Continue reading

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The Use of Courthouse Dogs in Child Abuse Cases

Typically a courthouse dog greets children and parents who have come into a child advocacy center to initiate the investigation of child sexual abuse. The dog will accompany a child (typically age 4 – 17) during a forensic interview, where … Continue reading

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Child Protection Mediation

Child Protection Mediation (CPM) accepts case referrals at any time that a case is before the family law court – from recently filed cases to those pending adoptions. This mediation program handles issues around child abuse and neglect. CPM is a … Continue reading

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Adoption and Divorce

Parents do not envision divorce when they adopt children. The breakup of a family made through adoption can be particularly traumatic for everyone involved. The adopted child takes a one-two punch when his or her parents divorce because once again … Continue reading

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Guardian Ad Litem

A guardian at litem (GAL) represents the interests of infants, the unborn, or incompetent persons in legal actions. A GAL, who is appointed by the court, is an adult legally responsible for protecting the well being and legal interests of … Continue reading

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Advocating for Children in Parental Abduction

Abduction of children – even international abduction of children – is nothing new. A century ago two abducted French children captured headlines after surviving the sinking of the Titanic. Michel Marcel Navratil, 4, and his younger brother, Edmond, 2, were passengers on the Titanic … Continue reading

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Child Custody for Military Families

Courts determine child custody arrangements based on the best interests of the child. Under this regime, courts decide custody issues based on what would serve the child’s overall well being, and many factors are used in the best interests analysis. … Continue reading

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Allegations of Child Abuse in Divorce Cases

Child sexual abuse allegations arising during divorce and custody conflicts are complicated and difficult. Assessing allegations of sexual abuse as part of a child custody evaluation is particularly challenging because of the risk if the evaluator is right or wrong. … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Joint Physical Custody

Joint physical custody, which is also called “shared custody,” or “shared parenting,” or “dual residence,” means the child/ren live with one parent for part of the week (or part of the year), and live with the other parent during the … Continue reading

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