Category Archives: Treatment of Minors

Custody and Visitation Disputes – The Big Mistake

… Suppose that you are treating a mother and her two children (ages 9 and 11) who are involved in a custody and/or visitation dispute [...]

Consent to Treat Minor (Sole and Joint Legal Custody)

Divorce (marital dissolution), child custody, and visitation disputes often involve very contentious parties who will not be hesitant [...]

Family Law – “Joint Custody”

How is the term “joint custody” defined in the statutes governing family law matters (e.g., child custody and/or visitation) in the [...]

Child Custody Disputes – Parental Alienation Syndrome

Therapists and counselors who have been involved with patients or clients embroiled in a child custody battle may be aware of the [...]

Treatment Of Minors Without Parental Consent

... California has been one of the more liberal states when it comes to allowing treatment of a minor without parental consent. Now, as [...]

Custody Disputes – Parent Reporting Child Abuse

Suppose that a client enters into a professional relationship with a counselor or therapist and explains that her marriage is falling [...]

Child Abuse

… Suppose your patient, a sixteen- year old boy, tells you that he started a fight with his classmate at school and that he punched the [...]

Child Abuse Reporting – Duty to Investigate?

… Does a therapist or counselor generally have a duty to investigate in situations involving possible child abuse so as to determine [...]

Emancipation of Minor

… What is the effect, if any, of your state’s emancipation of minor laws on your duty as a mandated reporter of child abuse? The answer [...]

Child Abuse Reporting – An Exception?

… In an interesting case in California, an appeals court has ruled that a defense attorney in a juvenile court matter may hire his or [...]

Child Abuse Reporting – A Dilemma Fully Explored

… While I have written about this topic recently, I was asked to comment on the topic again – that is, the situation where a registered [...]

The Alphabet – Some Hints On Avoiding Liability

I thought I might have a bit of fun going back to my ABCs and that you might find some of these brief items helpful. Perhaps you can [...]

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