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

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Impact Publishers, 2000 - Law - 192 pages
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"It it almost always in your children's best interest to settle a case -- with or without mediation -- rather than to litigate," said Judge Stewart. His book clearly and concisely explains the process of court child custody litigation. It shows how custody decisions are made and how parents can insure that their abilities are clearly presented to persons with influence over the custody decision. Helps eliminate surprises that lead to costly mistakes. Chapters include: How to Conduct Yourself During the Custody Evaluation; Protecting Your Child; Child Abuse and False Accusations of Molestation; Domestic Violence: Things Have Changed; Parental Alienation; Will the Court Be Fair? Gender Bias, Forum Shopping, and Challenges.

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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)

Honorable 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 served four years as supervising judge of the Family Court of the Santa Clara County Superior Court in California. He is a graduate of Stanford University and has taught family law to attorneys.

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