Warring Parents, Wounded Children, And The Wretched World Of Child Custody

Overview

Screenwriter Helmreich and Psychologist Marcus, the latter a longtime court insider who has witnessed untold trauma as an evaluator in custody disputes, present us with a book that is shocking, tragic and ultimately enlightening. The authors present in-depth understanding of the havoc child custody disputes can wreak not only on the couple but, more importantly, on the children. Harshly detailed, we come to know through this text the personal motivations and behaviors that end up devastating lives. Here, parents ...

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Overview

Screenwriter Helmreich and Psychologist Marcus, the latter a longtime court insider who has witnessed untold trauma as an evaluator in custody disputes, present us with a book that is shocking, tragic and ultimately enlightening. The authors present in-depth understanding of the havoc child custody disputes can wreak not only on the couple but, more importantly, on the children. Harshly detailed, we come to know through this text the personal motivations and behaviors that end up devastating lives. Here, parents can learn what to do, and what not to do, to avoid bitter tragedy in such cases. Judges, lawyers, guardians and mediators will also find this book enormously educational and useful.

The ten cases in this book have been culled from years of experience as a court-appointed child custody evaluator. Commentaries at the end of each chapter offer analyses and concrete, practical information for parents in similar situations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"With journalist Helmreich, psychoanalyst Marcus….has collected a sad, scary docket of divorce stories, taken from his 20-plus years on the job, that expose the dysfunctional legal system currently making the worst of already traumatic situations….The tone is suitably professional and detached, and the final chapter lists the take-home messages in clear language."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313349737
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH HELMREICH is a screenwriter, journalist, and musician. A graduate of Rutgers University, he lives in New York City and works in International Film Distribution for The Weinstein Company.

PAUL MARCUS is a Psychologist and Psychoanalyst. The author or editor of nine books, he has been a Forensic Evaluator in child custody cases before New York State's Family and Supreme Courts for more than 20 years. A Diplomate in Child Custody Evaluation from The American College of Forensic Examiners, a Founding Member of the Parenting Coordinators Association of New York, and a Supervising and Training Analyst at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, he lives with his wife and two children in New York. He has been a faculty member at New York University, Queens College and at The University of London.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Gordons 1

Ch. 2 The O'Connells 13

Ch. 3 The Casals 25

Ch. 4 The Stallones 35

Ch. 5 The Yangs 45

Ch. 6 The Lopezes 63

Ch. 7 The Delucas 77

Ch. 8 The Sawickis 87

Ch. 9 The Masoods 101

Ch. 10 The Washingtons 117

Conclusion 127

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