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

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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.
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"This solid, well-written, and comprehensive book is aimed at the gamut of divorce professionals, policymakers, and the public interested in getting educated about the entire contemporary custody domain. I would also highly recommend it as an excellent basic textbook for law schools and social science programs focused on families, divorce, and social policy... A clear and thorough introduction to the myriad issues of utmost importance to our children's future." Family Mediation News

"An incredibly well-researched book on the subject of child custody....scholarly but very practical....a clarion call to all of us who recognize our obligation to do more to protect our children." New York Law Journal

"Provides valuable background information for any parent and legal or mental health professional interested in this unique area of law....Well written and provides an excellent review of issues related to the functioning of child-custody courts. In addition, important suggestions for change are made....A great starting place for thinking about change in the child custody courts." Contemporary Psychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521529303
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2004
  • 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
I Overview 1
II Kramer vs. Kramer Revisited: The Sole Custody/Adversary System Paradigm 8
III Divorce, Children, and Courts: An Empirical Perspective 27
IV Parents Are Forever I: Joint Custody and Parenting Plans 45
V Parents Are Forever II: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation 50
VI Parents Are Forever III: Court-Affiliated Educational Programs 68
VII Contrasting Child Custody Court Paradigms: New York and California 79
VIII Family Violence 85
IX Differentiated Case Management 113
X Lawyers for Parents 125
XI The Voice of the Child, the Lawyer for the Child, and Child Alienation 138
XII Neutral Mental Health Evaluators 152
XIII The "Best Interests" Test and Its Presumption-Based Competitors 162
XIV Consolidating the New Paradigm: The Future of the Child Custody Court 175
Notes 185
Index 211
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