Holidays Are For The Children

Mace Greenfield Child Related Issues

It’s the most wonderful time of year, unless you are going through a divorce and or a child custody litigation. Too often parents take every opportunity to “stick it to” the other parent. But the holidays are all about the children. Make sure your children spend quality time with the other parent as agreed and scheduled and that your children …

How to Prove Your Custody Case

Mace Greenfield Child Related Issues

In a custody case, whether part of a divorce or not, you need to prove what you allege to be fact. Words alone are insufficient but too often are all the court has to go on. If you claim to be the primary caregiver how do you plan to prove it? When you drive the children to school, do you …

Therapy and Child Custody Cases

Mace Greenfield Child Related Issues

In child custody cases, often the parents and or the child(ren) have a therapist. If it is individual therapy, each parent and the child(ren) should have their own therapist separate and part from each other. Last I was aware, the American Psychological Association Ethics state that it is a conflict for the same therapist to provide therapy to one of …

Forensics Evaluations in Custody Proceedings, Its Value & its Critics

Mace Greenfield Child Related Issues, Client/Litigant/Pro Se Information

  A forensic evaluator is often used as a tool in a custody and/or visitation case or within a divorce action to help determine who would be best suited to be the custodial parent and/or how much visitation would be appropriate.  It also helps greatly in relocation cases.  The ultimate decision as to who will have custody, the schedule of …

Love Your Children More Than You Hate The Other Parent, Especially At The Holidays.

Mace Greenfield Child Related Issues

A proper and fit parent for custody encourages visitation and a good relationship between the child(ren) and the other parent. A proper and fit parent for custody will never say a bad word about the other parent to or in front of the child(ren). A proper and fit parent for custody will never lie to the child(ren) about the other …

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

Mace Greenfield Child Related Issues

  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 …

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

Mace Greenfield Child Related 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. …

Shared Physical Custody: Summary of 40 Studies on Outcomes for Children

Mace Greenfield Child Related Issues

  LINDA NIELSEN Department of Education, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA One of the most complex and compelling issues confronting poli- cymakers, parents, and professionals involved in making custody decisions is this: What type of parenting plan is most beneficial for the children after their parents separate? More specifically, are the outcomes any better or worse for children …

Shared Residential Custody: Review of the Research (Part II of II)

Mace Greenfield Child Related Issues

 BY DR. LINDA NIELSEN CHARACTERISTICS OF SHARED PARENTING FATHERS An issue raised in regard to shared parenting is that these fathers are somehow “better” than other fathers to begin with. If this is true, then whatever benefi ts are associated with shared parenting might have accrued even if these children had lived mainly with their mothers. To my knowledge, no …