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Co-Parenting

In a recent seminar I attended, Dr. Michael Saini, an associate professor of the University of Toronto, emphasized the growing importance of the construct of co-parenting to Family Law in both research and clinical applications. He points out that in 2019 there were 323 articles on this topic published in peer-reviewed…

Report on Parallel Parenting

With the trend in family court towards recognizing equal parent participation in childrearing, both in this state and in the nation, it has made it more likely that there will be greater conflict in resolving co-parenting issues. It is estimated that nearly 20 percent of family law cases involve high conflict couples….

Parental Alienation

Allegations of parental alienation are common in high conflict divorces. They are usually a function of deeper issues in the family including exposure to high intense marital conflict, humiliating separation, and professional mismanagement (Kelly & Johnston, 2001). The concept of family alienation was popularized by Gardner (2002) who describes it as a…

Types of Co-Parenting Relationships

There are basically three types of co-parenting relationships. The most prevalent is parallel co-parenting in which each parent is basically disengaged from the other but is active in parenting. The relationship is characterized by minimal cooperation with each other but no open conflict. Approximately 35% of…

Describing the Role of a Forensic Psychologist

I receive more referrals from forensic clients than from lawyers. Each time I tell those individuals I need to speak with their lawyers. This is because the forensic psychologist works for the lawyer or the court not the client. So what is the value of using a…

Killer Kids – Thrill Kill & Poisoned

Dr. Silverman appears on Lifetime’s series, “Killer Kids.”Killer Kids

What Psychologists Consider Important in Parenting Plans

In an interesting study by Jameson, Ehrenberg and Hunter (1997), psychologists were asked to rank sixty criteria obtained from legal and psychological authorities that were relevant to the best interest of the child in determining custody. The top five criteria were as follows: (1) sexual abuse of the…

Child Development and Parenting Plans

As a family lawyer, it is essential that you have some knowledge of child development when designing parenting plans. Each developmental period of a child has its own challenges for parents. Even within developmental periods there are deviations dependent upon both the temperament and maturity of the child…

Family Law and the Difficult Client

As family law practitioners are aware, divorce cases can trigger extreme emotional responses in clients. They are exacerbated when one or both parties has a moderate to severe personality disorder(s). In such cases an otherwise “simple” divorce is turned into a difficult and long affair that may…

Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology

There is a rule in the ethics of the practice of psychology that emphasizes “if you treat don’t testify, and if you testify don’t treat”. It is typical for me, in my role as a clinical psychologist, to receive a referral from a client having a difficult…