Category: Divorce and Family

Six Questions Most People Ask About Co-Parenting After Divorce

Written by Atlanta Behavioral Consultants on February 5, 2016

— Rachel K. Miller, Attorney at Law, Richardson Bloom & Lines LLC The divorce is final.  You are no longer husband and wife.  Is your relationship finished?  If you have children, absolutely not!  You and your former spouse will be connected for the rest of your lives.  Your relationship will continue indefinitely.  One of the most difficult […]

Happy New Year? You’ve Got to be Kidding

Written by Atlanta Behavioral Consultants on January 20, 2016

The first year following a divorce presents numerous challenges for the newly divorced. It is especially difficult for divorced parents to navigate that first holiday season.  Not only do family members have to deal with the typical holiday stressors (family demands and financial strain), but also face changing long-standing traditions, shuttling children between two households […]

Visitation Refusal: Realistic Response, Allied, or Alienation

Written by Atlanta Behavioral Consultants on November 15, 2015

You have all had cases wherein a child of divorce refuses to visit or have meaningful contact with one parent. Sometimes the reasons are obvious. (Perhaps the child is the victim of abuse.) Other times there doesn’t appear to be a logical reason for refusing visitation. Too often, the parents provide conflicting explanations for the […]

Coparenting After Divorce: Easier Said Than Done

Written by Atlanta Behavioral Consultants on October 30, 2015

Co-parenting while in a healthy and successful marriage has its challenges and is certainly a difficult task. Now add in the correlates involved in many divorces (e.g. unhealthy communication patterns, anger, frustration, revenge, and living in two separate homes) and you have a situation ripe for dysfunction. Divorcing parents hear from their attorneys, judges, therapists, […]

Children’s Drawings: Should they be included in a forensic psychological evaluation?

Written by Atlanta Behavioral Consultants on October 14, 2015

We are not sure of the actual origin of the picture below. This picture has made its way through many a professional presentation on evaluating children. Let’s assume the following picture was drawn by a 6-year-old girl. This girl was hypothetically asked to draw a picture of her mother as part of a forensic evaluation […]

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

Written by Atlanta Behavioral Consultants on 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?

Written by Atlanta Behavioral Consultants on 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

Written by Atlanta Behavioral Consultants on 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

Written by Atlanta Behavioral Consultants on 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 […]

Are there Practices Standards for Parent Coordinators?

Written by Atlanta Behavioral Consultants on 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 […]