Representing Children in Dependency and Family Court Beyond the Law

Representing Children in Dependency and Family Court Beyond the Law

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Rebecca M. Stahl, JD,LLM

Philip M. Stahl PHD

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A unique family law resource, this book by a psychologist with extensive experience in working with children, and an attorney who almost exclusively represents children in dependency court matters, reflects the real-world issues that are critical for working with child clients in dependency and family court settings. This is a clearly written and logical resource accessible to lawyers and related professionals at any level of experience.

This is a unique family law resource, reflecting the real-world issues that are critical for working with child clients in dependency and family court settings. The authors--a psychologist who has worked with children since the mid-1980s, and an attorney who almost exclusively represents children in dependency court matters--recognize that lawyers who represent children must understand them, the system in which they are engaged, the services available to them, the schools they attend, their ethnic and cultural issues, their special needs, the legal issues they face outside of family and juvenile courts, and more. In addition, lawyers need to understand the issues faced by the parents with whom they live. 

While some children’s representatives work exclusively in this area and want to delve deeper into the issues of family dynamics examined in this book, this is also a useful resource for those who work with children’s cases less frequently or are just beginning in the area and have had limited or no exposure to these issues. This clearly written and logical guide is an informed resource accessible to professionals at any level of experience.

Topics include:

  • Conceptualizing the role of the children's representative, and well as intriguing thoughts about how this can evolve in the future
  • Critical psychological issues involved, including trauma, child development, domestic violence, high-conflict separation and divorce, alienated or resistant children, and other special circumstances
  • Professional responsibilities, including ethical issues in representing children, risks of bias in your work, and recognizing the professional toll involved