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Challenging Issues in Child Custody Disputes: A Guide for Legal and Mental Health Professionals
By: Barbara Jo Fidler, PhD, C.Psych, AccFM, Nicholas Bala, L.S.M., B.A., J.D., LL.M., Rachel Birnbaum, Ph.D., RSW, LL.M., Katherine Kavassalis, BA, LL.B
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This detailed manual provides best practices in conducting and participating in child custody assessments in situations that involve high domestic conflict and special challenges relating to relocations in domestic disputes. As a companion volume to “Child Custody Assessments: A Resource Guide for Legal and Mental Health Professionals”, it is intended to delve into more detail into a number of difficult child custody situations including: • moves and relocations, especially relocations in high-conflict situations • understanding domestic violence and its impact on families • differential assessments and the courts’ perspective in high conflict situations • sexual abuse allegations • child alienation and its impact on families together with judicial remedies, • many other resources, guidelines and tools for both legal and mental health professionals. This resource also includes up to date lists of current literature in the area, provincial legislation tables, assessment frameworks and tools, precedent parent-child contract agreement, a detailed analytical index and table of cases.
About the Author

Nicholas Bala has been a Professor at the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University since 1980. He is an internationally recognized expert on Family and Children’s Law. Much of his research in this area is interdisciplinary, and his work is frequently cited by the courts. He also teaches and writes on Contract Law.

Rachel Birnbaum, Ph.D., RSW, LL.M., is cross-appointed to Childhood Studies and Social Institutions & Social Work at King’s University College, Western, Ontario, where she teaches about children’s participation in the justice system and social work ethics and the law. Dr. Birnbaum has extensive clinical practice and research experience in working with children and families of separation and/or divorce. She has presented both nationally and internationally at workshops and conferences on children and the law, working with high-conflict families, the voice of the child, and collaboration between law and social work.

She has authored over 100 papers with colleagues in social work, law, psychology, and medicine. Dr. Birnbaum has also co-authored Child Custody Assessments: A Resource Guide for Legal and Mental Health Professionals (2008), Challenging Issues in Child Custody Disputes: A Guide for Legal and Mental Health Professionals (2008), Law for Social Workers: A Canadian Guide, 5th ed. (Thomson Reuters, 2016), and Practicing Social Work Research: Case Studies for Learning, 2nd ed. (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

Dr. Birnbaum is the 2016 member of the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, the 2016 recipient of the Hugh Mellon Distinguished Research Award, and the 2014 recipient of the Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award (an interdisciplinary award from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts). She was the president of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers for four years, the president of the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators for two years, and the president of AFCC-Ontario from 2015 to 2016.

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