Handbook of Couple and Family Forensics: A Sourcebook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals / Edition 1

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Many families turn to mental health professionals for advice and counseling on how to cope with the stresses of legal crises. The first and only book of its kind, this handbook provides mental health professionals with comprehensive coverage of the interface between the legal and family systems. Organized by developmental stages, the book covers a wide range of topics including pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, child custody, adoption, spousal abuse; gay, bisexual, and lesbian issues; family business succession, and euthanasia.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 When Families in Treatment Interface with Legal and Judicial Systems: The Early Years - Family Formation and Young Children
1 Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements: Sunny or Stormy Bellwethers to Marriage or Remarriage 3
2 Adoption: Parents Who Choose Children and Their Options 23
3 Surrogacy: The Third Leg of the Reproductive Triangle 43
4 Foster Parenting 62
5 Physical and Sexual Abuse 82
Pt. 2 When Families in Treatment Interface with Legal and Judicial Systems: The Middle Years - Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
6 Privacy Rights of Minors 105
7 Sexual Harassment and Stalking 120
8 Psychological and Legal Issues in Abortion 142
9 Legal and Psychological Issues Confronting Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Couples and Families 164
10 Delinquency and Criminality 188
11 Spouse Abuse 206
12 Divorce and Its Sequelae: A Psycholegal Perspective 235
13 Child Custody 258
14 Parental Abduction 286
15 Family Decision Making, Civil Commitment, and Treatment 314
Pt. 3 When Families in Treatment Interface with Legal and Judicial Systems: The Postlaunching Years
16 Succession Planning in the Family-Owned Firm: Psycholegal Concerns 335
17 Children Who Sue Parents: A Legal Route for Family Destruction? 350
18 The Impact of Recovered Memories 375
19 Elder Abuse: Families, Systems, Causes, and Interventions 400
20 Wills and Trusts: Family Planning 426
21 Euthanasia Decisions 439
Pt. 4 General Forensic Issues
22 Professional Ethics, Regulatory Licensing, and Malpractice Complaints 461
23 Serving as an Expert Witness: Evaluations, Subpoenas, and Testimony 475
24 Consulting and Collaborating with Attorneys 491
25 Preparation for Forensic Family Therapy Practice 507
Author Index 515
Subject Index 533
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