Thursday, May 13, 2010

Shared Parenting Works

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Australia retreats just as others follow their initial lead

Spoiling for a fight? Family court goal is different - spare the children in divorce proceedings

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Cuts to send family battles back to court

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Parental Alienation: Evaluators, Scales & Validity. By Monika Logan

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“According to Campbell (2005), “of the approximately one third of divorces, that do not evolve into effective co-parenting, a subset deteriorates into parental alienation. In these instances, one of the parents persistently alienates his or her children from the other parent.”  Given the frequency of parents that are not able to co-parent; careful scrutiny of objective measurements are required.  Considering that some parents display psychopathology, I was surprised that the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inverntory (MCMI) is not more widely used.”

Family Law as Property Law: What the NY Court of Appeals Really Did in Debra H.

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Shondel J. should have given the non-bio mom in the Debra H. solid ground for arguing that the bio mom was estopped from denying Debra’s status as a parent to the child they raised together, even though the child had neither a legal nor biological relationship to Debra H.  But the Court of Appeals didn’t see it that way, and ruled in Debra H. that claims to affirmative rights of custody and visitation are different from rights of support (the issue in Shondel J.).  Why?  Because of money.  Were the Court to let the putative father off the hook in Shondel J.-like situations, it might “endanger the child’s economic security or even render the child a ward of the State.”