Some articles I published previously in scholarly journals such as the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, The Judges Journal, Court Review, American Journal of Family Law, Journal of Family Violence, and Clinical Psychology Review have been reproduced in whole or in part on various Internet websites that appeal to a range of audiences. Copyright issues aside, it is important to know that I wrote these articles exclusively to educate professionals.
In light of the apparent interest in my work on child custody litigation among some in the lay community, I feel duty bound to offer a few fundamental recommendations directly to those battling over custody:
1. Do right by your children. This should guide every step you take in and out of the courtroom.
2. If you believe deep in your heart that you are on the side of right and choose to litigate, do your best to leave no stone unturned in the litigation. Work as closely with your attorney as you can.
3. In general, there is a lack of necessary scientific research to support the validity of mental health professionals' recommendations to the Court about child custody. When a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional testifies in child custody litigation, that person's opinions may or may not be correct.
4. Judges can make superb decisions or not. Case strategy and courtroom presentations are crucial. When you truly believe you are on the side of right in a battle concerning your children, your job is to obtain an excellent ruling from the Court or to achieve the best settlement possible. Get top-notch assistance for this endeavor. Your children deserve nothing less.
Ira Daniel Turkat, Ph.D.
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