Frivolous Litigation Must be Stopped.

In divorce and custody cases, on Long Island and elsewhere, too often the litigation is merit less and frivolous just to accumulate billings for the lawyer, and/or bitter emotions to be vented by the client in the hope of vindication or punishing the other client. The courts usually do nothing to put a stop to it. Recently in a Manhattan divorce case, of over five years, the judge finally did sanction the lawyers for one of the litigants who litigated on and on at the behest of the client’s parents who were paying the freight. The client did not want to pursue custody, but his parents wanted him to. The court sanctioned the lawyers big time. The grandparents and the lawyers were sanctioned over $500,000.00. This should be done more often to stem the tide of nonsensical litigation for the sake of litigation. Read more

Woozles: Their Role in Custody Law Reform, Parenting Plans, and Family Court

 

Linda Nielsen Wake Forest University

In the international debates on custody law reform and in individual custody decisions in families and in courts worldwide, social science research is often misused and abused. In this article I describe the process by which data can become distorted in ways that steer policymakers, family court personnel, and parents off course in regard to child custody decisions. I illustrate this process with a recent study that has garnered international attention and influence.

Keywords: shared custody, joint custody, parenting plans, overnighting Read more

Parenting Plans for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Research and Issues

 

LINDA NIELSEN

Department of Psychology, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA 

In the debate over parenting plans for infants and toddlers, a cen- tral question is whether these very young children should spend overnight time away from their mothers in their fathers’ care. This article summarizes and critiques the 11 empirical studies that have addressed this question. Overall, overnighting was not associated with negative outcomes for infants and toddlers and was associated with positive outcomes for preschoolers.  Read more