Title

Commentary on “Empirical and Ethical Problems with Custody Recommendations": What Now?

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

Date

4-2005

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Child Custody

Disciplines

Psychiatry

Abstract

Replying to the paper by Tippins and Wittmann, this commentary notes that the problems they identify have been recognized for many years, yet this has resulted in little change in the practice of child custody evaluations. Three underlying reasons are offered for the stalemate that frustrates the implementation of standards for an empirically based child custody evaluation practice: (a) the economics of child custody evaluation practice; (b) inconsistencies between proposals to restrict testimony in this area and the lack of similar restrictions in most other areas of forensic practice; and (c) inadequate motivation for researchers who might contribute an empirical base for child custody evaluations. Directions for breaking the stalemate are offered for each of these problems.

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Citation: Grisso, T. (2005), Commentary on “Empirical and Ethical Problems with Custody Recommendations:” What Now? Family Court Review, 43: 223–228. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-1617.2005.00020.x