Child custody forensics.
WHO IS A "MOTHER"?
Bad Custody Evaluation
Worse Custody Evaluation
Psychology in Family Court
Gestational Surrogacy Research
Mothers' Rights and the Law
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legal issues, much of it gathered by attorney and academic work groups in different jurisdictions.
It is not intended to reflect specifics of actual laws, substantive or procedural, currently in force
in any jurisdiction.
The information is intended for use by scholars, lawyers, and activists, and is
not presented as legal advice.
Child custody issues are interconnected with issues of maternity, pregnancy, primary caregiving,
parental alienation, child development (education and attachment issues), father's rights, and other
family law issues, as well
as those involving forensic psychologists, guardians ad litem (GALs) and
other mental health professionals in the family court system, so check related sections in the Site Index,
including those on psychology for relevant material.
The liznotes index on family law has
links to recommended off-site as well as on-site articles.
There are extensive pages on this site on women's history, suffrage, women's rights documents
from the first wave of feminism,
and women's military history. In the sections on research and psychology, the guardians ad litem;
custody evaluators, information
involves the various forms ADR (alternate dispute resolution) practiced by
forensic psychologists (child custody evaluators), parenting coordinators, collaborative lawyers,
parenting evaluators, recommending mediators, special masters, court-ordered therapists, court-appointed mental health professionals,
supervised visitation centers, and other profiteers of "therapeutic jurisprudence", whose methods involve
intrusion and coercion under the threat of court sanctions, and actual or de facto extra-judicial
This website heavily criticizes these practices, which have multiple things wrong with them, not the least of which is denigration of justice,
and the diminution of a publicly observable, regulated, and appealable "rule by law" by
substituting caprice for evidence and due process. Website sponsored by the Law
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