Family Evaluation in Custody Litigation: Promoting Optimal Outcomes and Reducing Ethical Risks
Child custody disputes are complicated. For psychologists and others starting their careers in forensic custody assessments, the multitude of legal, ethical, and clinical issues can be daunting — and the risk of causing emotional injury is real.
This book explains the complex judicial and legal requirements of child custody evaluations and presents a straightforward protocol for mental health professionals who evaluate these cases. The authors review the legal evidentiary standards that pertain to psychological testing, scientific evidence, and the expert witness testimony used in the court system.
Most importantly, the clear, step-by-step evaluation protocol herein has been used successfully in thousands of cases for more than 15 years, and has been demonstrated to minimize the risk of suits or complaints.
Useful for novice and seasoned evaluators alike, this new edition adheres to updated principles of procedural justice, and reflects current standards of fairness, objectivity, and transparency.
First edition has subtitle: "reducing risks of ethical infractions and malpractice", Includes bibliographical references and index.
American Psychological Association
United States, Custody of children, United States, Forensic psychology