Published: April, 2014| Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D., Stephanie Dallam

In this presentation, new information is presented about the results of a case analysis of 27 custody cases involving the abuse of children. In these cases, a judge initially ordered the children into unsupervised contact with an abusive parent and then a later judicial decision protected the children from abuse. This sample is illustrative of failures common in family court where signs of child abuse are ignored and theories which blame the mother, such as accusations of parental alienation are relied upon. The case analysis shows that it is often the court-ordered custody evaluators who recommend access to the unsafe parent and experts in child abuse and domestic violence who correct the information for the court. This webinar presents recommendations derived from this case analysis about how to approach allegations of abuse in contested custody cases so that children are more consistently protected.