The High-Conflict Custody Battle: Protect Yourself and Your Kids from a Toxic Divorce, False Accusations, and Parental Alienation

The High-Conflict Custody Battle: Protect Yourself and Your Kids from a Toxic Divorce, False Accusations, and Parental Alienation


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Is your ex-spouse trying to gain custody of your kids? Has he or she launched a campaign to make you look like a bad parent, both in the eyes of your children and the law? You aren’t alone. Unfortunately, high-conflict custody battles are all-too-common in today’s world. So how can you arm yourself with the mental and legal resources needed to survive this difficult time and keep your kids safe?

In The High-Conflict Custody Battle, a team of legal and psychology experts present a practical guidebook for people like you who are engaged in a high-conflict custody battle. If you are dealing with an overtly hostile, inflammatory, deceitful, or manipulative ex-spouse, you will learn how to find and work with an attorney and prepare for a custody evaluation. The book also provides helpful tips you can use to defend yourself against false accusations, and gives a realistic portrayal of what to expect during a legal fight.

Going through a divorce is hard, but going through a custody battle can feel like war. Don’t go in unprepared. With this book as your guide, you will be able to navigate this difficult process and learn powerful skills that will help you maintain a healthy relationship with your kids, fight unfair accusations, and uphold your rights as a parent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626250734
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 370,684
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Amy J. L. Baker, PhD, has a doctorate in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a professional writer and researcher. She is the author of Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome and coauthor of Co-parenting with a Toxic Ex, among other books and articles on parental alienation and parent-child relationships.
J. Michael Bone, PhD, has a doctorate from the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science of the New School for Social Research in New York, NY. He has served as a mental health expert, consultant, and advisor to the court on parental alienation cases around the United States, and maintains a consulting practice in Florida. 
Brian Ludmer, BComm, LLB, is an attorney whose practice is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (1982) and Bachelor of Law (1985) from the University of Toronto. Ludmer has practiced corporate and securities law for twenty-seven years and in parallel he conducts a family law practice focused on situations involving custody disputes, child estrangement, and parental alienation, as well as high net worth divorce litigation and business valuation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 High-Conflict Custody Disputes and Litigation: An Overview 7

2 Coping with a High-Conflict Custody Dispute: Taking Care of Yourself 19

3 Finding and Working with the Right Attorney 53

4 Finding and Working with the Right Mental Health Consultant 75

5 Documenting Your Case for Your Attorney 91

6 Preparing for a Custody Evaluation 123

7 Finding and Working with the Right Expert Witness 149

8 Addressing False Allegations of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence 167

9 What to Ask for in Court 183

Appendix A List of Statutes Pertaining to the Best Interest of the Child 207

Appendix B Example of a Court Order Transferring Custody to the Targeted Parent 211

References 223


Amy J.L. Baker, PhD lives in Teaneck, NJ; Mike Bone lives in Winter Park, FL; Brian Ludmer lives in Toronto, ONT.

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