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Critical Issues in Relocation Cases

altCourse: Critical Issues in Relocation CasesAnthony Chambers Photo

altInstructor: Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D., ABPP

alt Approved for 2.0 Hours of CE Credit

altFulfills License Requirements

alt High Resolution Video

Program Description:

Relocation cases are among the most complex and challenging in family law. When one parent wants to move the children to a “far away” location, the other parent usually objects. This sets in motion litigation that often results, especially in California, with a custody evaluation ordered.

This 2-hour workshop will focus on critical issues in the evaluation of relocation cases, including but not limited to:

Factors to Consider, including but not limited to:
o LaMusga Factors (for California)
o Restrictive, Facilitative, and Protective Gatekeeping
o Logistical Factors
o Child’s voice
o Age of the Child
o Reasons for wanting to move and for objecting to the move

 Evaluation Strategies and Important Questions to Ask/Consider
o Depth and Breadth are important
o Seek a parenting plan from both parents in both locations
o Keep the focus on the best interests of the child

Special Considerations in International Evaluations
o Hague Convention
o Language
o Culture

Risk-Benefit Analyses
How to Structure a Report
Making Recommendations
When NOT to make Specific Recommendations

Case examples will be used to discuss these issues, as well.

Goals & Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate critical factors to assess in relocation cases
  • Perform a risk-benefit analysis of the facts of a given case before making recommendations to the court
  • Understand unique issues associated with international relocation cases and assess them, when relevant.

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CE Approval Information

  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. This course is also approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for its licentiates' CE license renewal requirements.
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of CE credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.
  • Judicial Council of California Approval

    Pursuant to California Rule of Court, rule 5.225, the agenda submitted satisfies the requirements of the rule for a total of 2 hours toward initial 40 hours training, and 8 hours of annual continuing education for child custody evaluators.

    The course outlined in the agenda has been approved as corresponding to subject areas specified in California Rules of Court, rules 5.225. The views expressed in this training are those of the trainers and do not necessarily represent the official positions or policies of the Judicial Council of California.

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