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Parenting Plan Evaluations: Applied Research for the Family Court, Second Edition
Drozd, Leslie, Michael Saini, and Nancy Olesen (Eds)
Oxford University Press / Hardcover / 2016-03-01 / 0199396582
Family Mediation
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More so than in any other form of forensic evaluation, mental health professionals who conduct parenting plan evaluations must have an understanding of the most current evidence in the areas of child development, optimal parenting plans across various populations, behavioral psychology, family violence, and legal issues to inform their opinions. In addition, family law judges and legal professionals require the best available evidence to support their decisions and positions.

Parenting Plan Evaluations has become the go-to source for the most current empirical evidence in the field of child custody disputes. Fully updated in this Second Edition, the volume continues its focus on translating and implementing research associated with the most important topics within the family court. It presents an organized and in-depth analysis of the latest research and offers specific recommendations for applying these findings to the issues in child custody disputes. Written by international experts in the field, chapters cover the most important and complex issues that arise in family court, such as attachment and overnight timesharing with very young children, co-parenting children with chronic medical conditions and developmental disorders, domestic violence during separation and divorce, alienation, gay and lesbian co-parents, and relocation, among others. This volume assists forensic mental health professionals to proffer empirically based opinions, conclusions, and recommendations and assists family law judges and attorneys in evaluating the reliability of the information provided to the courts by mental health professionals in their reports and testimony. Not just for forensic evaluators, Parenting Plan Evaluations is a must-read for legal practitioners, family law judges and attorneys, and other professionals seeking to understand more about the science behind parenting plan evaluations.


About the Editors

Section 1: Social Science Evidence and the Law

Chapter 1. Scientific and Professional Knowledge for Family Court: Legal Expectations of Experts
Jonathan W. Gould, Milfred D. Dale, Nicki Beth Fisher, and Madeline R. Gould

Section 2: Foundation of Personality Development: Parental Insightfulness

Chapter 2. Parents' Insightfulness: The Importance of Keeping the Inner World of the Child in Mind for Parenting Plan Evaluations
David Oppenheim and Nina Koren-Karie

Section 3: Factors Associated With Children's Adjustment to Parents' Separation and Time Sharing

Chapter 3. How Do Parenting Time and Interparental Conflict Affect the Relations of Quality of Parenting and Child Well-Being Following Divorce?
Nicole E. Mahrer, Irwin N. Sandler, Sharlene A. Wolchik, Emily B. Winslow, John A. Moran, and David Weinstock

Chapter 4. Father-Child Relationships: The Missing Link Between Parenting Time and Children's Mental and Physical Health
William V. Fabricius, Karina R. Sokol, Priscilla Diaz, and Sanford L. Braver

Chapter 5. Supporting Father Involvement in the Context of Separation and Divorce
Marsha Kline Pruett, Carolyn Pape Cowan, Philip A. Cowan, Lisa Pradhan, Sarah Robins, and Kyle D. Pruett

Chapter 6. Shared-Time Parenting: Evaluating the Evidence of Risks and Benefits to Children
Bruce M. Smyth, Jennifer E. McIntosh, Robert E. Emery, and Shelby L. Higgs Howarth

Chapter 7. Critical Analysis of Research on Parenting Plans and Children's Well-Being
Michael E. Lamb

Section 4: Children's Disorders That Require Specialized Parenting

Chapter 8. Children With Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Parental Separation and Divorce
Rachel Birnbaum, Lucyna M. Lach, and Donald T. Saposnek

Chapter 9. Co-Parenting Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Suzanne E. U. Kerns and Ronald J. Prinz

Section 5: Complex Special Issues Affecting Parenting and the Stability of the Parent-Child Relationship

Chapter 10. Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in Parenting Plan Evaluations: Assessing Children's Memory and Behavior
Kathryn Kuehnle, Pamela S. Ludolph, and Sonja P. Brubacher

Chapter 11. Gatekeeping After Separation and Divorce
Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman, and Ashton Chapman

Chapter 12. Intimate Partner Violence and Child Custody
Fernanda S. Rossi, Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, and Brittany N. Rudd

Chapter 13. Empirical Studies of Alienation
Michael Saini, Janet R. Johnston, Barbara Jo Fidler, and Nicholas Bala

Chapter 14. Relocation, Research, and Child Custody Disputes
Patrick Parkinson, Nicola Taylor, Judith Cashmore, and William G. Austin

Section 6: Cultural and Political Issues

Chapter 15. Cultural Dynamics of Divorce and Parenting
Gitu Bhatia and Michael Saini

Chapter 16. Never-Married Parents in Family Court
Liza Cohen Hita and Sanford L. Braver

Chapter 17. Gay and Lesbian Parents and Their Children: Research Relevant to Custody Cases
Suzanne M. Johnson, Elizabeth O>'Connor, and Samantha L. Tornello

Section 7: Research Applied to Practice

Chapter 18. Considerations for Step-Up Planning: When and How to Determine the "Right" Time
Marsha Kline Pruett, Robin M. Deutsch, and Leslie Drozd

Chapter 19. Putting It All Together: Effective Intervention Planning for Children and Families
Lyn R. Greenberg and Jay L. Lebow


About the Editors:

Leslie Drozd, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and marriage, family, and child therapist specializing in family violence, substance abuse, resistance to contact, trauma, and consultations in parenting plan and child custody evaluations. She trains judges, attorneys, and mental health professionals and has a myriad of professional publications.

Michael Saini, PhD, is Associate Professor and endowed chair of Law and Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. He is the Co-Director of the Combined J.D. and M.S.W. program with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and the Course Director of the 40-hour Foundations to Custody Evaluations with the faculty's Continuing Education Program. For the past 15 years, he has been conducting custody evaluations and assisting children's counsel for the Office of the Children's Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General in Ontario.

Nancy Olesen, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, doing assessment and psychotherapy, specializing in issues affecting divorcing families and providing expert testimony for family courts as well as teaching judges, attorneys, and mental health professionals about these issues and the parameters of competent practice in family court.


William G. Austin
Independent Practice
Lakewood, CO & Cary, NC

Nicholas Bala
Faculty of Law
Queen's University

Gitu Bhatia
Private Practice
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Pepperdine University

Rachel Birnbaum
Childhood Studies (Interdisciplinary Program) and Social Work
King's University College, Canada

Sanford L. Braver, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Arizona State University

Sonja P. Brubacher

Judy Cashmore
Faculty of Law
University of Sydney, Australia

Ashton Chapman
Department of Human Development and Family Science
University of Missouri, Columbia

Marilyn Coleman
Department of Human Development and Family Science
University of Missouri, Columbia

Carolyn Pape Cowan
University of California, Berkeley

Philip A. Cowan
University of California, Berkeley

Milfred D. Dale
Robin M. Deutsch
William James College

Priscilla Diaz
Department of Psychology
Azusa Pacific University

Leslie Drozd
Independent Practice
Newport Beach, California

Robert E. Emery, PhD
Department of Psychology
University of Virginia

William V. Fabricius
Department of Psychology
Arizona State University

Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psych., AccFM.
Family Solutions

Nicki Beth Fisher

Lawrence Ganong
Department of Human Development and Family Science
University of Missouri, Columbia

Jonathan W. Gould

Madeline R. Gould

Lyn R. Greenberg, Ph.D. ABPP
Independent Practice

Shelby L. Higgs Howarth, MSR
Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute
Australian National University
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Liza Cohen Hita, Ph.D., LISAC
School of Social and Family Dynamics
Arizona State University

Amy Holtzworth-Munroe
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Indiana University

Suzanne Johnson
Suffolk County Community College

Janet Johnston, PhD
Justice Studies
San Jose State University

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington

Nina Koren-Karie
School of Social Work
University of Haifa, Israel

Kathryn Kuehnle

Lucyna M. Lach
Faculty of Arts School of Social Work, Departments of Paediatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery
Faculty of Medicine
McGill University, Canada

Michael E. Lamb
University of Cambridge

Jay Lebow, Ph.D. ABPP
Family Institute
Northwestern University

Pamela S. Ludolph

Nicole E. Mahrer, M.A.
Arizona State University

Jennifer E. McIntosh, Ph.D.
School of Psychology
Deakin University
Burwood, Victoria, Australia

John A. Moran, Ph.D.
Private Practice

Elizabeth O'Connor
Dowling College

David Oppenheim
Department of Psychology
University of Haifa, Israel

Patrick Parkinson
Faculty of Law
University of Sydney, Australia

Lisa Pradhan
Smith College

Parenting & Family Research Center
University of South Carolina

Kyle D. Pruett
Yale University

Marsha Kline Pruett
Smith College

Sarah Robins
Smith College

Fernanda S. Rossi
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Indiana University

Brittany N. Rudd
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Indiana University

Michael Saini, PhD
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
University of Toronto

Irwin N. Sandler, Ph.D.
REACH Institute
Psychology Department
Arizona State University

Donald T. Saposnek
Department of Psychology
University of California, Santa Cruz

Bruce M. Smyth, PhD
Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute
Australian National University
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Karina R. Sokol
Department of Psychology
Glendale Community College

Nicola Taylor
Children's Issues Centre
University of Otago, New Zealand

Samantha Tornello
Pennsylvania State University-Altoona

David Weinstock, J.D., Ph.D.
Private Practice

Emily B. Wilnslow, Ph.D.
REACH Institute
Psychology Department
Arizona State University

Sharlene A. Wolchik, Ph.D.
REACH Institute
Psychology Department
Arizona State University

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