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“High Conflict” Child Custody Litigation Involving Abuse and Alienation Allegations
December 17, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Lecture description: This lecture will present the speaker’s empirical research into family court responses to custody cases involving family abuse and parental alienation allegations. These cases are often characterized as “high conflict.” The findings shed light on courts’ reluctance to believe domestic violence and particularly – child abuse – allegations by mothers against fathers; and the powerful role of crossclaims of parental alienation in reinforcing that reluctance. The findings also describe the rates at which mothers lose custody after alleging abuse.
Lecturer: Joan Meier, Professor of Law and Director of National Family Violence Law Center, George Washington University Law School
Prof. Joan Meier has been a clinical Law Professor for over 30 years at George Washington Law, where she founded three pioneering and nationally recognized interdisciplinary domestic violence clinical programs. She has published widely on domestic violence, custody, clinical teaching, criminal procedure, and various Supreme court decisions. Her major study “Child Custody Outcomes in Cases Involving Parental Alienation and Abuse Allegations,” funded by the National Institute of Justice, was completed in 2019. Its findings have been written about in scholarship and multiple media outlets including The Washington Post and The New Yorker.