What to do after a negative outcome in a child custody evaluation; a rebuttal witness may be your answer

    In Child Custody Proceedings, Family Court Judges often place a substantial amount of trust in the evaluating Psychologist, and many times they do follow the recommended parenting plan that is provided in the body of the report. It is because of this exact reason that the Court is often very open to hearing from a qualified rebuttal witness, which is a psychologist who performs a review of the initial evaluator’s work product, may testify in court about what they learned, in order to assist the judge in making a fully informed, appropriate decision that is honestly in the best interest …

    Guardianship / Capacity Evaluations & What you should know

      What? It is becoming all too often in the state of Florida that an older adult is taken advantage of due to their inability to make decisions for themselves. For this reason, psychologists are able to evaluate an individual’s capacity to make decisions. In the state of Florida, the definition of an “incapacitated person” is an individual who “…lacks the capacity to manage at least some of the person’s property or to meet at least some of the person’s essential health and safety requirements. A minor shall be treated as being incapacitated.” Fla.Stat. §731.201(21). How? In Palm Beach County, Florida, …

      Parental Alienation in Palm Beach County: A rising concern in Family Law

        What is Parental Alienation and Restrictive Gatekeeping? With the rise in divorce rates the term”Parental Alienation” has become more and more popular term in Family Law. Parental Alienation occurs when a parent alienates one or all children from the other parent. The rejected parent, naturally, reacts very negatively when the child resists spending time or communicating with them. Once the children begin rejecting the alienated parent, conflict begins which is typically followed by legal action.  The theory that many researchers have developed states that a parent’s gatekeeping attitudes will lead to what is called “gate closing behaviors” which closes off …

        Divorce doesn’t have to mess up your kids; These three quick parenting tips will help!

          We know what you are probably thinking, “I’m willing to do this stuff, but my ex is a moron who only thinks about his or herself.” As a forensic psychologist focusing on high conflict divorce and parental access disputes, we hear this type of information on a daily basis. The fact of the matter is, when people are getting divorced they often do act like idiots. There’s no denying that fact. People who were once able to have a level head, are all of a sudden acting completely out of character, doing things that they swore I would never do. …

          Court-ordered Therapy: Five things to look for when choosing a clinician in Florida

            Court-ordered therapy is meant to be a catalyst for change, for an individual or family who, is at any time, involved in the legal system and subsequently ordered by a judge or magistrate to participate in therapy with a mental health provider. Throughout the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, court-ordered therapy is used to persuade litigants to get the help they need, when they are unable or unwilling to seek it out on their own. If a judge has ordered that you or a loved one must participate in individual therapy sessions, special consideration should be made to …

            Forensic Psychologists in Palm Beach County & What to know before you retain!

              Our practice goes above and beyond any standard to achieve excellence. We guarantee you won’t find the expertise, experience, and knowledge anywhere else in Palm Beach County, Florida! Please feel free to give us a call with any questions or if you would like a consultation: 561-429-2140 Education & Licensing It isn’t uncommon for other professionals to become somewhat confused with the different types of mental health professionals today. What you should know is that, when it comes to the court system, the professional that generally has the largest scope of practice and are generally considered to be the authority …

              The Difference Between Therapeutic Supervised Visitations & Reunification Therapy

                The Difference Between TherapeuticSupervised Visitations & Reunification Therapy In high-conflict divorces in which DCF or the state become involved, there is sometimes the possibility that the children could become distant from one or both parents. Once the case plan or allegations are resolved, the parents will then need to be reintroduced into the children’s live in a therapeutic, consistent, and safe manner. In these situations it is very important to know which intervention is needed as well as it’s purpose and goal. A “one size fits all” plan doesn’t is not always the best. Below are brief descriptions of the …

                Four Misconceptions & Warning Signs of Child Abuse

                  Myth: Violent child abuse is a more serious issue than non-violent child abuse While physical abuse and sexual abuse are generally thought of as clear examples of child abuse, it is important to recognize that the effects of neglect, emotional abuse, parental substance abuse, and exposure to domestic violence can be just as damaging. The danger of these kinds of abuse is that they tend to be more difficult to identify due to the absence of physical evidence. Because of this, family members and members of the community may not always be as inclined to pick up the phone and call in an abuse report, despite the …

                  Commonly Used Terminology in Family Law Cases

                    When dealing with the court system regarding your divorce, child custody, or parenting schedule, there might be quite a few words you may not know. For this reason, we’ve compiled a glossary of terms you should be aware of: Arbitration: Arbitration is a type of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Arbitration does not take place in court or before a Judge, but it has basic similarities to a judicial setting. Instead of arguing issues to a Judge, however, in Arbitration the issues are submitted to a neutral third party, who makes a final decision. In divorce Arbitration, the third party is …

                    The Grief & Loss of a Child in Foster Care

                      When a child is removed from their home due to abuse or neglect, that child can go through the very difficult process of grief and loss of their birth parents. The feeling of loss or grief aren’t only about their parents, but that of extended family, home, pets, neighborhoods, schools, friends, treasured belongings, and in some cases culture. This is especially true for children who were removed from their home at an older age in which children are more alert and able to realize their situation. In adopted children, it is very important that the adoptive parents understand the process …

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