Family Court Review

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Edited By: Barbara Babb

Online ISSN: 1744-1617

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  1. Co-Parent Court: A Problem-Solving, Community-Based Model for Serving Low-Income Unmarried Co-Parents (pages 336–348)

    Ebony L. Ruhland, Alisha M. Hardman, Emily H. Becher and Mary S. Marczak

    Version of Record online: 6 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/fcre.12235

    Key Points for the Family Court Community:

    • This article discusses an innovative demonstration project that worked with low-income unmarried co-parents.
    • We describe lessons learned from a problem-solving court that worked with low-income unmarried co-parents.
  2. A Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Two Court-Connected Programs for High-Conflict Families (pages 349–363)

    Sanford L. Braver, Irwin N. Sandler, Liza Cohen Hita and Lorey A. Wheeler

    Version of Record online: 6 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/fcre.12225

    Key Points for the Family Court Community:

    • Legal conflict is a great problem for courts and interparental conflict a distinct problem for divorcing families.
    • We developed a program for high-conflict families, Family Transitions Guide (FTG), derived from a motivational interviewing approach.
    • FTG was compared to the usual such program, Parent Conflict Resolution (PCR), in a randomized trial.
    • Children's report of their own well-being was significantly improved by FTG as compared to PCR, due to children feeling less caught in the middle.
    • There was also evidence of diminished legal conflict over 9 months in FTG as compared to PCR.
  3. Black and Blue Bloods: Protecting Police Officer Families from Domestic Violence (pages 487–500)

    Rafaqat Cheema

    Version of Record online: 6 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/fcre.12226

    Keypoints for the Family Court Community:

    • Officer-involved domestic violence (OIDV) is a serious problem within police officer families.
    • Police officers face unique challenges that lead to a high rate of domestic violence.
    • Police officer families need states’ assistance in countering OIDV.
    • OIDV can be countered by requiring police agencies to adopt guidelines for dealing with it.
  4. Relocation Issues in Child Custody Evaluations: A Survey of Professionals (pages 477–486)

    William G. Austin, James N. Bow, Andrea Knoll and Rebecca Ellens

    Version of Record online: 6 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/fcre.12224

    Key Points for the Family Court Community:

    • Take a systematic approach to child custody evaluation.
    • Most evaluators use a forensic risk assessment approach.
    • A cost/benefit analysis is a valuable forensic technique.
    • The Relocation Risk Assessment Forensic Evaluation Model is widely used by custody evaluators.
    • Moving to be with extended family is not sound justification for relocating with the child.
    • Potential harm to the nonmoving parent–child relationship is the most important factor.
    • Evaluators generally make ultimate issue recommendations to the court.
    • Courts usually agree with evaluator recommendations.
  5. The Issue of Ethics and Authority for Licensed Mental Health Professionals Involved in Parenting Coordination (pages 446–456)

    Jon K. Amundson and Glenda M. Lux

    Version of Record online: 6 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/fcre.12223

    Key Points for the Family Court Community:

    • Licensed mental health professionals who provide parenting coordination services need to understand the ethical and societal implications of providing binding arbitration.
    • Parenting coordination is a service, not a profession and as such should be practiced within the confines of the standards of practice and ethics by which the mental health practitioner is defined.
    • By understanding two types of authority, authority by role and authority by status, the process of informed consent and the concept of professional identity for PCs become clearer.
    • PCs can provide valuable and useful services and opinions through the provision of nonbinding opinions.