Children, Courts, and Custody: Interdisciplinary Models for Divorcing Families

Children, Courts, and Custody: Interdisciplinary Models for Divorcing Families

by Andrew I. Schepard
     
 

"Andrew Schepard analyzes the principal challenges facing the child custody court of today: ensuring the safety of parents and children from violence and providing access to justice and services. He examines how the roles of key courtroom players - judges, lawyers for both parents and children, and mental health professionals - must change to promote the best… See more details below

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"Andrew Schepard analyzes the principal challenges facing the child custody court of today: ensuring the safety of parents and children from violence and providing access to justice and services. He examines how the roles of key courtroom players - judges, lawyers for both parents and children, and mental health professionals - must change to promote the best interests of children." The book concludes with an agenda for reform of the child custody court based on interdisciplinary collaboration that can help courts meet the needs of 21st century parents and children.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521529303
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Preface
IOverview1
IIKramer vs. Kramer Revisited: The Sole Custody/Adversary System Paradigm8
IIIDivorce, Children, and Courts: An Empirical Perspective27
IVParents Are Forever I: Joint Custody and Parenting Plans45
VParents Are Forever II: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation50
VIParents Are Forever III: Court-Affiliated Educational Programs68
VIIContrasting Child Custody Court Paradigms: New York and California79
VIIIFamily Violence85
IXDifferentiated Case Management113
XLawyers for Parents125
XIThe Voice of the Child, the Lawyer for the Child, and Child Alienation138
XIINeutral Mental Health Evaluators152
XIIIThe "Best Interests" Test and Its Presumption-Based Competitors162
XIVConsolidating the New Paradigm: The Future of the Child Custody Court175
Notes185
Index211

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