Cross-Examining Child Custody Evaluations

Dr. Craig Childress: Attachment Based "Parental Alienation" (AB-PA)

Caveat:  Dr. Childress is not an attorney, he is a psychologist.  His commentary on this blog is as a psychologist, not an attorney.  For legal advice consult an attorney and follow the advice of the attorney.


In my professional consultation work with attorneys, I am frequently asked to help them prepare their lines of cross-examination for child custody evaluators who have reached problematic conclusions relative to the pathology of attachment-based “parental alienation” (AB-PA).

There are so many problems inherent to the practice of child custody evaluations that it’s hard to know where to begin.

The multitude of problems all stem from how the practice of child custody evaluations began.  The practice of child custody evaluations developed gradually and piecemeal over the course of time in response to the needs of the Court for guidance in family matters.  But this gradual and piecemeal origin means that the practice of child custody…

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