28th Annual Advanced Family Law: Pawns in the Game: Protecting Children's Best Interests in Custody Litigation Seminar Materials

Publication Date: April 2012
Available Formats: Print
Pages: 214

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Content Summary:

  • Presenting Scientific Evidence to the Court for Issues Involving Allegations of Abuse During High-Conflict Custody Cases
  • Navigating the CPS Maze: How to Defend A Client Accused Of Abuse Or Neglect In A High-Conflict Custody Case
  • Abuse and Neglect, Alienation, and the Best Interests of the Child
  • Legislative Update: 2012 General Assembly Session
  • Update on Virginia Family Law
  • Current Ethical Dilemmas Facing the Family Law Practitioner

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This publication focuses on protecting children's best interests in custody litigation, plus includes a legislative and case law update, as well as discussion on current ethical dilemmas facing the family law practitioner.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

28th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar
Pawns in the Game: Protecting Children’s Best Interests
in Custody Litigation


PRESENTING SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE TO THE COURT FOR ISSUES
INVOLVING ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE DURING HIGH-CONFLICT
CUSTODY CASES

John P. Grove

        I. Introduction
    
        II. What is Scientific Evidence?
    
        III. Custody Evaluation
    
        IV. General Principles of Assessment
    
        V. “Suggestibility”, “Interviewer Bias” and “Contamination”
    
        VI. Detection of Taint
    
        VII. Presenting Evidence of Child Abuse (Illustrative Cases)
    
        VIII. Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome

NAVIGATING THE CPS MAZE: HOW TO DEFEND A CLIENT ACCUSED
OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT IN A HIGH-CONFLICT CUSTODY CASE

Richard E. Garriott, Jr.

        I. Introduction to the CPS Investigatory Process
        
            A. Injury and Threat of Injury or Harm to a Child
            
            B. Types of Physical Abuse
            
            C. Types of Physical Neglect
            
            D. Types of Medical Neglect
            
            E. Mental Abuse or Mental Neglect
            
            F. Sexual Abuse
            
            G. Authority Granted by Code

        II. General Rules
        
            A. CPS Worker May Enter Home 22 VAC 40-705-90 A
            
            B. Transport of Children 22 VAC 40-705-90 C
            
            C. CPS Worker May Request Alleged Abuser or Neglector to Consent
            to a Substance Screening 22 VAC 40-705-90 D
            
            D. Reasonable Diligence - Mandated by VA Code Section
            63.2-1503 F
            
            E. Time Frames to Complete Family Assessments and Investigations
            
            F. Notify Family of Assessment or Investigation
            
            G. Conduct Initial Safety Assessment and Develop Safety Plan in
            Family Assessment and Investigation 22 VAC 40-705-110 A

        III. Family Assessment
        
            A. 22 VAC 40-705-70B Child and Family Services Needs Related to
            Current Safety of the Child
            
            B. Mandated Contacts 22 VAC 40-705-80 A1-3
            
            C. Information to be Included in Family Assessment
            
            D. Determine Risk Level in Family Assessment
            
            E. Supervisor Approval
            
            F. Written and Oral Notification to Family to Summarize Family
            Needs Assessment
            
            G. Family Refusal of Services
            
            H. Notification
            
            I. Changing Initial Track from Family Assessment to Investigation
            
            J. Reassign Family Assessment to Investigation as a Result of an
            Emergency Removal
    
        IV. Investigations

            A. Mandated Contacts in Investigation
    
            B. Face-to-Face Interview with the Alleged Victim Child Must be
            Electronically Recorded
    
            C. Interview with Child’s Parents or Guardians
    
            D. Face-to-Face Interview with Alleged Abuser or Neglector
    
            E. Face-to-Face Interview with Siblings
    
            F. Observe Environment Where Child Lives and Visit the Site
            Where the Alleged Abuse or Neglect Occurred
    
            G. Interview Collaterals
    
            H. Other Contacts
    
            I. Document Any Mandated Contacts Not Made
    
            J. Information to Complete the Investigation
    
            K. Dispositional Assessment
    
            L. Determine Level of Founded Disposition
    
            M. Determine Risk Level in Founded Investigations
            
            N. Risk Level Determines Need to Convene Family Partnership
            Meeting
    
            O. Cannot Reopen a Closed Investigation
    
            P. Notifications in Founded Investigations
    
            Q. Investigation of Medical Neglect of Disabled Infants with
            Life-Threatening Conditions

        V. Appealing an Adverse Finding

            A. CPS Appeal Automatically Stayed During Criminal Proceedings
            Against Abuser 22 VAC 40-705-190 (C)
    
            B. Local Conference

        VI. Obtaining CPS Records for Custody Proceedings

            A. Records Available to Parties Involved in the CPS Proceedings
    
            B. Obtaining Records for Parties Not Involved in the CPS
            Proceedings

        VII. Defending a CPS Case Through the Courts

            A. Emergency Removal Order
    
            B. Preliminary Removal Order
    
            C. Preliminary Protective Order

ABUSE AND NEGLECT, ALIENATION, AND THE BEST
INTERESTS OF THE CHILD

Peter W. Buchbauer

        I. Best Interests of the Child
    
        II. Effect of a CPS Finding - Can You Get it in?
    
        III. The Ultimate Evil - False Allegations and Alienation

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: 2012 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION
Lawrence D. Diehl

        I. In General

            A. Summary List of 2012 Legislation
    
            B. General Overview of 2012 Session

        II. Equitable Distribution

            A. Revocation of Death Benefits
    
            B. Termination of Power of Attorney
    
            C. Change of Venue

        III. Divorce/Marriage

            A. Defendant’s Failure to Respond
    
            B. Use of Affidavits in No-Fault Divorces
    
            C. Divorce Records: Making Them Public
    
            D. Authorization of Commissioned Pastor to Perform Marriage
            Ceremonies

        IV. Child Support

            A. Technical Correction to Garnishment Form
    
            B. Entry of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders to Enforce
            Support

        V. Spousal Support

            A. No Amendments

        VI. Custody/Visitation

            A. Communication by Court of Basis for Custody Decision

        VII. Miscellaneous

            A. Adoptions
    
            B. Criminal Strangulation

        Appendix to Chapter IV

UPDATE ON VIRGINIA FAMILY LAW

Edward D. Barnes

        I. Introduction

            A. Abbreviations
    
            B. Published and Unpublished Cases

        II. Procedural Issues

            A. Preserving Issues for Appeal
    
            B. Providing an Adequate Record for Appeal / Appellate Practice
    
            C. Finality of Orders and Decrees

        III. Premarital and Property Settlement Agreements

            A. Validity
    
            B. Interpretation

        IV. Equitable Distribution

            A. Classification
    
            B. Valuation
    
            C. Division of Assets

        V. Child Support

            A. Enforcement and Collection
    
            B. Modification
        
            C. College Expenses
    
            D. Retroactivity of Support Awards

        VI. Support and Maintenance

            A. Determination
    
            B. Imputation
    
            C. Modification
    
            D. Cohabitation Analogous to Marriage

        VII. Attorney’s Fees / Sanctions / Contempt

        VIII. Custody and Visitation

            A. Determination of Custody/Visitation
    
            B. Modification of Custody/Visitation
    
            C. Adoption, Grandparent, or Other Family Member Visitation/
            Custody

        IX. Parental Rights

            A. Paternity
    
            B. Termination of Parental Rights / Foster Care / Findings of
            Abuse and Neglect
    
            C. Admissibility of Therapist’s Testimony

CURRENT ETHICAL DILEMMAS FACING THE FAMILY LAW PRACTITIONER
Daniel L. Gray

        I. Talking to Children in Domestic Cases
    
        II. Spoliation of Evidence
    
        III. Other Ethical Issues

Authors

John P. Grove

Richard E. Garriott, Jr.

Peter W. Buchbauer

Lawrence D. Diehl

Edward D. Barnes

Daniel L. Gray

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