Seth Goldstein

Viewing Counterintuitive Conduct: Ten Mistakes to Avoid while Litigating Child Custody with Interpersonal Violence or Child Abuse

Too often misconceptions about the nature of abuse in the context of Family Law child custody cases produce orders that fail to protect the children. Both parents and the child often do things that are counterintuitive making it difficult to determine what actually happened. Hidden biases and/or knowledge deficits distort perceptions of the complaining parent’s claims and the child’s accounts of events often leading to discounting the veracity of the abuse report. This increases the potential risk to the child when misinterpreting the offending parties’ actions.