The Role of Therapists in Family Law Litigation

Forensic mental health professionals serve a valuable role in child custody cases.  They conduct
custody evaluations, assist attorneys in understanding psychological issues, and help a client present
the best version of their true selves to the Court.  Judges look to such experts to provide insightful
information that makes testimony clearer, as well as help the parties better understand the needs of the
children.   In some cases, a forensic mental health professional (FMHP) can play a more mediative role
and help parents avoid costly litigation by enabling them to work together to make their own parenting
plans.   This article is intended to serve as a summary of the views expressed by therapists, attorneys
and Judges in the January issue of the Journal of Child Custody.
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Tips for Applying to Preschool

By Dr. Michelle Nitka – Child psychologist and author of Coping With Preschool Panic the Los Angeles
Guide to Private Preschools
allowing us to use her article for our website. Dr. Nitka also provides advice
on school applications in the Los Angeles area.
For more information visit her website

Never mind college.  How do you get your kids into preschool?   Choosing a preschool, and being
chosen, has come to feel like a competitive sport.  Several recent articles and news shows have fanned
the flames of parental panic.  In the last year or two Nightline aired a segment entitled “Inside the
Cutthroat Preschool Wars”, the San Francisco Chronicle headlined with “Preschool Wait Puts Parents In
Panic” and The New York Times ran an article entitled “In Baby Boomlet, Preschool Derby Is the
Fiercest Yet.”    Even without articles and news shows like these, the process of applying to preschool  
is enough to push parents of hearty constitutions to the edge. (
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