Each year, over one and a half million children experience the divorce of their parents. The goal of this book is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge regarding children of divorce, especially the practice of evaluation as it pertains to child custody. The reality of custody evaluation work invokes a plethora of specific circumstances regarding each family that must be taken into consideration. To work towards this goal, the author integrates scientific findings, relevant theory, and professional experience in a manner that is conceptually sound and useful in practice. Each chapter begins with a Practice Checklist to emphasize what is needed to engage in careful deliberation. Major topics include: applications of game theory to child custody; uncertainty in judgment from Nobel Prize-winning research; time sharing; collecting information from parents and collaterals; observing parental interaction with children; parental alienation; research on strategic behavior in divorce disputes; and gatekeeping. In addition, domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse, relocation, report writing, ethics, guidelines, risk management, and practice improvement are discussed. This book also contains important new research on the PAI, PCRI, and MMPI-2 specific to child custody evaluation. This well-written text is an excellent resource for domestic relations attorneys, judges, family counselors, child protection workers, human services, advocates, and mental health professionals.
"An excellent book not only for custody evaluators, but others as well. It is valuable for parents and should be required reading for Guardians ad litem."
- Sara E. Bonkowski, Ph.D., custody evaluator, mediator, Professor Emeritus at Aurora University
"The scholarship in this book is extraordinary. Dr. Hynan provides a broad overview for child custody evaluators and any interested persons working in the area of child custody litigation. A must for all family lawyers' libraries."
- Steven Peskind, attorney and author, The Family Law Trial Evidence Handbook and Divorce in Illinois.
1. What is Important for Children of Divorce?
2. New Theoretical Applications: Game Theory
3. How We Think About Children of Divorce: Uncertainty in Judgment from Nobel Prize-Winning Research
4. Time Sharing
5. Collecting Information from Parents and Collaterals
6. Observing Parents Interact with Children
7. Interviewing Children
8. The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI): Expanded Research
9. The Parent-Child Relationship Inventory (PCRI): Expanded Research
10. The MMPI-2: New Research
11. Other Psychological Measures
12. Difficult Evaluation Challenges: Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Substance Abuse, and Relocation
13. Parental Alienation and Gatekeeping
14. Report Writing
15. Ethics, Guidelines, Risk Management, and Improving Practice