A Handbook of Divorce and Custody: Forensic, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives

A Handbook of Divorce and Custody: Forensic, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives

By: Linda Gunsberg (editor), Paul Hymowitz (editor)Hardback

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The Handbook of Divorce and Custody brings together mental health professionals and forensic specialists dedicated to working in the legal arena with families in crisis. Section I provides the individual perspectives of experienced clinicians, all of whom share a psychodynamic and developmental purview, and supplements their accounts with the viewpoints of a lawyer and a judge. Section II examines parental psychopathology, which is often at the root of family conflict and turmoil. Section III deals with the nature and extent of the state's potential involvement with the family, from ensuring parents' rights to raise their children to identifying those circumstances that justify the termination of parental rights. The remaining three sections follow the progressive issues engaged by divorcing families as they work their way through the legal system: forensic evaluation, post-divorce legal arrangements, and the emotional aftermath of divorce, including indications for various types of therapeutic intervention. Through the Handbook, contributors pay special attention to a set of core issues that underlie - and complicate - the evaluations, recommendations, and judicial determinations that enter into the divorce/custody process. Specifically, they focus on the inherent conflict between the family's right to privacy and the state's commitment to the best interest of children; the increasingly uncertain question of what constitutes a family and who has the right to legal standing; the problematic role of fathers in the lives of their children; the nature of the evaluation process and the role of the forensic expert in a "good enough" evaluation; the important differences between the role of therapist and the role of evaluator; and, finally, the impact of divorce itself on the lives of today's children.

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Linda Gunsberg, Ph.D., is Chair, Family Forensics Training Program, Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy and Mental Health, New York, and Co-chair, Psychoanalysis and the Law Discussion Group, American Psychoanalytic Association. Paul Hymowitz, Ph.D., is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College, and Co-chair, Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law.


I. The Courtroom: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration Interlude I - Linda Gunsberg 1. What Judges Want (and Children Dream) - Alison Whitmer Tumas 2. A Lawyer's Considerations in Selecting a Mental Health Expert - Robert Z. Dobrish 3. Representation of the Child to the Court: The Law Guardian and Guardian ad Litem - Patricia Ann Grant and Steven Klee 4. Considering Custody Evaluations: The Thrills and the Chills - Bernice H. Schaul 5. Ethical and Legal Considerations in Child Custody Evaluations - James S. Wulach and David L. Shapiro II. Parental Psychopathology and Its Impact on the Child Interlude II - Paul Hymowitz 6. Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Developmental Consequences of Domestic Conflict and Violence on Children and Adolescents - Ava L. Siegler 7. Soul Blindness: A Child Must Be Seen to Be Heard - Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick 8. Betrayal of the Family: The Parental Affair as Family Incest - Linda Gunsberg 9. Parental Alienation: The Creation of a False Reality - Moisy Shopper III. Parents' Rights and Responsibilities Interlude III - Paul Hymowitz 10. When Should Courts Be Empowered to Make Child-Rearing Decisions? - Martin Guggenheim 11. Divorce and Custody in a Changing Society - Albert J. Solnit and Barbara F. Nordhaus 12. The Rights of Parents and Stepparents: Toward a Redefinition of Parental Rights and Obligations - Alan J. Klein 13. When the State Has Custody: The Fragile Bond of Mothers and Their Infants on the Prison Nursery - Susan W. Silverman 14. When Families Cannot Be Healed: The Limits of Parental Rights - Michele Galietta IV. The Forensic Expert's Challenge: Making Recommendations in the Best Interests of Children Interlude IV - Linda Gunsberg 15. The Developmental Evolution of the Family Forensic Evaluation - Linda Gunsberg 16. Empirically Assisted Assessment of Family Systems - Barry Bricklin and Gail Elliot 17. Parents' Sensitivity to the Child's Creative and Spiritual Core: An Overlooked Consideration in Child Custody Determinations - Elaine Schwager 18. Evaluation of Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in Child Custody Disputes - B. J. Cling V. The Dilemma of Visitation Interlude V - Paul Hymowitz 19. Tailoring Parental Visitation Orders to the Developmental Needs of Children of Divorce - Cynthia Dember and Vivian Fliman 20. An Attachment Theory Framework for Planning Infant and Toddler Visitation Arrangements in Never-Married, Separated, and Divorced Families - Judith Solomon 21. Visitation in High-Conflict Families: The Impact on a Child's Inner Life - Barbara B. Hauser 22. Supervised Visitation: Preserving the Rights of Children and Their Parents - Alan J. Tuckman 23. Relocation: Parents' Needs, Children's Interests - Paul Hymowitz VI. Aftermath and Healing Interlude VI - Linda Gunsberg 24. Experiencing the Absent Father: In Sight and Inside - Lora Heims Tessman 25. Psychotherapy with Children and Parents During Divorce - Diana Siskind 26. Clinical Work with Parents in Entrenched Custody Disputes - Janet R. Johnston 27. Parental Divorce and Developmental Progression: An Inquiry into Their Relationship - Judith Wallerstein and Deborah Resnikoff Epilogue - Linda Gunsberg

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/02/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780881634129
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 436
  • ID: 9780881634129
  • weight: 752
  • ISBN10: 0881634123

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