There are judges, guardians, lawyers, arbitrators, psychologists, advocates, mediators, child protection services, social workers, and more who all can be involved when there is a divorce or litigation in family courts across the country. Who are these people? What do they do? How expert are they? What do they know about intimate partner violence? Who do they represent? What do they cost? Do they help or hurt? And how can they impact decisions like child custody?
There have been studies of the situations with these ancillary court personnel, and there is pracitcal experience about them. Richard Ducote joins us for a discussion about al the people who make up cases and decisions in family court. Ducote has represented hundreds of abused children over the last 30 years of his law practice. In the 1980's he began reoresenting victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence focusing on cases where courts had awarded custody of children to molesters and violence perpetrators. He is an ardent opponent of the so-called Parental Alienation Syndrome often used by abusers to gain visitation or custody of children in domestic violence cases. That opposition led to his participation in cases in 44 different states as well as to appearances on Oprah, 60 minutes, Good Morning Britain, and Leeza. He has been interviewed and quoted in Parade Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Money, and the National Law Journal.
His expertise is profound, his awards numerous, and his knowledge about gamily court abuses is extensive. Join us as we talk about the population of victims, perpetrators, personnel, decision makers, and others involved in teh drama that is family court.
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