The Child Custody Book: How to Protect Your Children and Win Your Case

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Impact Publishers, 2000 - Law - 174 pages
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"It is almost always in your children's best interest to settle a case--with or without mediation--rather than to litigate in court," said Judge Stewart. His book fully, clearly, and concisely explains the process of court child custody litigation. It shows how custody decisions are made, what can be expected at each stage of the process, and how parents can insure that their abilities are clearly presented to persons with influence over the custody decision. Itis intended to eliminate surprises that could lead to costly mistakes along the way. Parents who settle custody disputes out of court will not only save tens of thousands of dollars, but will have avoided the rancor and hostility of a custody trial that makes future cooperation in raising the children almost impossible. With help from a capable and experienced attorney, this book will allow the reader to present her/his case for custody in its best possible light. A must-read for divorcing parents, custody evaluators, family psychologists, and marriage and family therapists.

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Most people are put-off and confused by anything to do with legal procedure and process. I certainly am. That there is a judge lawyer out there who can untangle things for the legal novice is a surprise to me. Written by an experienced California judge, with contributions from a licensed psychologist and custody evaluator, this book (in the series Rebuilding Books for divorce and beyond) places emphasis on the emotional component to the issues surrounding child custody. The do's and don'ts at the end of each chapter will help you figure out what you need to do. The glossary is most helpful - it explained legal words to me in language that I could understand. The book does not shy away from tricky topics like child abuse and false molestation or how to select a lawyer. Even though the authors are California-based, they're aware of legal trends nationwide, so you'll find this book useful if you live in the United States. If you or someone you know is faced with the difficult decisions involved in working out a child custody agreement, I'd recommend this book.  


Voting With Their Feet
Temporary Versus Permanent Custody
If You Decide to Contest the Recommendation of
How to Conduct Yourself During
The Role of Attorneys
Protecting Your Child
Possible Parenting Plans
Child Abuse and False
Domestic Violence
Parental Alienation
Will the Court Be Fair? Gender Bias
Child Support
Attorneys and Fees
Should You Be Your Own Attorney?

Psychological Evaluations
Relocation Cases The Custodial

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About the author (2000)

James W. Stewart has dedicated his career as a Superior Court judge to families and children involved in the divorce process. With almost twenty years on the bench, Stewart has served four years as the supervising judge of the Family Court Division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court and two years as a supervising judge of the Palo Alto Division. He has been a member of the California Fair Political Practices Commission and the Family Law Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council. He has taught family law to attorneys on behalf of the Rutter Group and Continuing Education of the Bar, and is currently engaged as a private family law judge and mediator, hearing cases that, at the request of the parties, have been assigned to him from public courts. He also occasionally sits on assignment to the public courts by the Judicial Council of California. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

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