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The Law Offices of
ELIZABETH J. KATES, ESQ.
4411 NW 10th Street
Pompano Beach, Florida 33066
954-979-8783
  (Broward County)
(South Florida - Fort Lauderdale - Palm Beach)

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Child Custody Evaluations; psychology in court

© 2011 Joel V. Klass, M.D.
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The purpose of listing the following 10 questionable characteristics found in custody evaluations is to help eliminate commonly found inadequacies and biases influencing custody determinations. The listed unfair practices and subjective distortions of objective custody criteria are culled from recent literature and from reviewing 30 years of doing custody evaluations. T he list of 10 basically unacceptable assessment practices also comes from hearing the most commonly voiced complaints by attorneys, judges, parents, and custody experts about custody evaluations.

1. Judgmental attitude by suggesting punitive and unreasonable consequences for a parent not abiding by the evaluator's arbitrary edicts...

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Joel V. Klass, M.D. is a Florida Board-certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency and Child Fellowship training at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. He has been a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine, President of the Broward County Psychiatric Society, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Hollywood Medical Center, and Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital. Dr. Klass has been a court-appointed Psychiatrist for the Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County courts, and contributor to numerous continuing legal education programs for The Florida Bar. Dr. Klass has evaluated over 15,000 patients in his 30-year practice of adult and child psychiatry. Joanna L. Peros, Psy.D., R.N. is a Florida licensed psychologist.




Child Custody Parenting Evaluations; psychology in court

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mmpi-2, rorschach, custody evaluator testing, bad custody evaluations Rorschach Psychological Test...         Are Psychologists Hiding a Lack of Expertise?
When You Should Just Walk Out        MMPI-2 in Child Custody Evaluations: Can't Say

"...This is nothing less than a travesty... compounded in my opinion by the Court system itself and I am saddened by it... But the only expert that I found to be credible... I found Dr. Klass to be particularly credible... "The testimony of the witnesses called by the father -- Dr. Hohnecker, Dr. [Martha] Jacobson, Ms. Lippman -- as far as this Court is concerned, I found them to be biased, I found them to have a lack of objectivity... insincere and disingenuous and fueled by money... "The way this case should have been handled... at the time the father filed the petition was either to deny it or to do something that would have been productive... instead, this child at best and its licensed psychologist [ed: Laura Hohnecker] who is supposedly the head of this so-called team... says well, she's improving because now she blinks at dad and will occasionally laugh... If that's what we're reduced to, I don't want to be a part of this... to remove a seven year old child from the primary bonded custodial parent... "I find... that the evidence presented does not meet one or more of the criteria stated in Section 39.402(1), and I am ordering in accordance with the dictates of the 4th District Court of Appeal ...return the child to the mother's custody..." -- 04/05/12, Palm Beach County Juvenile Court. Read more...

Child Custody, Time Sharing, Parenting Evaluation, Social Investigation

"...The clinical psychologist is supposed to use test results from a person seeking therapy to generate hypotheses regarding what might be problems requiring therapy. The forensic evaluator is supposed to do likewise, and verify the test hypotheses against additional tests and a gathering of non-test facts. It doesn't happen that way. [note] The computer printouts of hypotheses for these tests [see sample report] are like astrology readings, and can be applied any which way anyone wants to apply them, positively or negatively. The evaluator can dismiss an "hypothesis" generated by the test based on the evaluator's belief that it doesn't apply ("Hispanic men tend to have this scale elevated; it doesn't mean anything"), or, with the application of cognitive bias, discover that in fact the seemingly nice, normal, well-behaved litigant is a secret nutjob with emotional issues ("She answered similarly to people who expend a lot of energy to keep from showing their anger..." [5 pages later] "Her obvious anger"...") Like an astrology reading, it can always be applied..." Read more...




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Collaborative Lawyers, Inc. is an association of independent Florida Collaborative Lawyers, Collaborative Family Lawyers, and Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Collaborative Law by Arlene C. Richman, Esq.

Collaborative Family Law is a method of resolving disputes whereby the attorneys for both parties, as well as the parties themselves, agree to assist each other in resolving conflicts and reaching agreement using cooperative strategies rather than adversarial techniques and litigation. The parties and attorneys agree that they will not go to court during the time they are working towards settlement. A key element of a collaborative practice is the premise that if an agreement is not reached, the attorneys withdraw and will not engage in a litigated action.

Collaborative Family Law combines the positive qualities of litigation and mediation. Each party has an independent attorney who will give them quality legal advice and will advocate for their needs. However, the parties and attorneys commit to an open and honest exchange of information and a commitment to settle without going to court...

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Arlene Richman is an attorney practicing collaborative law and family law in South Florida (including Broward County, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood) since 1987. She is a certified family law mediator, and founding member and current director of Collaborative Lawyers, Inc., a state-wide educational and professional development association and business directory of independent Florida licensed attorneys at law and family law firms who practice in the areas of collaborative divorce and collaborative family law.




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Considering Collaborative Law: when is it appropriate?
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Collaborative Lawyers, Inc. is an association of independent Florida Collaborative Lawyers, Collaborative Family Lawyers, and Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Considering Collaborative Law by Elizabeth J. Kates, Esq.

Before committing to use the collaborative process, and before holding the initial four-way meeting, a lawyer and his or her client must carefully -- and privately -- consider whether the case is appropriate for an attempted collaborative dispute resolution. The lawyer must objectively, fully, and fairly inform the client of not only the potential advantages of collaborative law, but also the potential disadvantages and risks. The process is designed such that it is a firm commitment: if it does not work, both of the collaborative lawyers must withdraw -- and may not represent their clients in litigation. This may or may not entail risks, depending on the facts of the case...

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Elizabeth Kates has practiced law in Florida for nearly 30 years. She is a director of the National Network on Family Law Policy, and was a charter member and director of Collaborative Lawyers of South Florida, Inc. for eight years before becoming Vice President and Director of Collaborative Lawyers Inc. Collaborative Lawyers, Inc. is a state-wide educational and professional development association and business directory of independent Florida attorneys at law and family law firms who practice in the areas of collaborative divorce and collaborative family law. Collaborative Lawyers Southeast Florida family lawyers serve South Florida: Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County, and the cities of Miami, Pembroke Pines, Hallandale, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Coral Springs, Weston, Parkland, Tamarac, Plantation, Sunrise, Miami Lakes, Miami Shores.



 SITE INDEX Child Development Research FAMILY LAW POLICY AND POLITICS Child Custody, custody evaluations, Martha Jacobson
Domestic Violence Fathers' Rights Research Myths and Facts Post-Divorce Relocations
FATHERLESS CHILDREN STORIES PSYCHOLOGY in the Family Court System Parental Alienation Syndrome; Parental Alienation READING and RESEARCH



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