Howard Drutman Voices Concerns of “Parental Gatekeeping” in a Tragic Cobb County Case

September 24, 2015

This article was written by Rebecca Lindstrom, WXIA and originally published on – “COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Two years ago, police say Marilyn Edge took her two Cobb County kids to California and killed them. The story shocked the nation and emotionally paralyzed their father, who until now has resisted talking publicly about his loss…” “…For six […]

PTSD: What is it, and Does it Only Occur in Soldiers?

September 15, 2015

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs in a percentage of people who have been exposed to a traumatic event. This diagnosis was formulated to account for the set of anxious symptoms that some soldiers experienced after combat. Current research suggests that approximately 2 to 14 percent of soldiers show symptoms […]

Common Sense – A Lecture from the Bench on Divorce and Parenting

August 31, 2015

Most divorce-related court hearings are filled with the trappings of legal rituals. Both sides present their cases. Objections are made to testimony. The judge renders a decision, which is crafted into an enforceable Order. In the end, the “losing” attorney might blame the judge. The “winning” attorney might take credit for a decision that may […]

The Special Needs Child: Divorce Considerations

August 15, 2015

Best interest of the child is a standard most often used to determine post-divorce behavior and lifestyle. Two children can be similar and yet what is best for one may not be best for another. Child custody evaluators, guardians ad litem, and ultimately judges assess the child’s needs from slightly different perspectives. Nevertheless, each strives […]

GPA Welcomes Two New Members in Havana, Cuba – by Howard Drutman

August 13, 2015

“The bus stopped mid-block in front of an unremarkable building. For downtown Havana, that alone is remarkable, as almost everywhere you look the buildings (in their state of decay) are either beautiful or repellant, depending on your point of view. Our Cuban guide went into the building while my colleagues and I waited on-board. After […]

Are you Impressed with Credentials?

July 1, 2015

Attorneys and Judges are often confused about mental health providers’ designations, education, and professional affiliations. Hopefully this article will clear up the confusion. In Georgia there are five licensed mental health professional designations. Psychologists have doctoral degrees (Ph.D., Psy.D, or Ed.D.) and provide psychotherapy, consultation, can diagnose and treat mental disorders, and are the only […]

Are there Practices Standards for Parent Coordinators?

June 24, 2015

We often assist family attorneys by reviewing reports and records of mental health professionals. This helps attorneys put the findings and recommendations in perspective, make sure that proper procedures are followed, and prepare the attorneys for possible cross-examination of the professional. Family lawyers often ask us if a particular parent coordinator has exceeded their authority […]