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Forensic Experts In Child Custody Cases

A child custody case is centered on the life of the child just as much as it is concerned with the lifestyles of the parents. In some ways, it could be argued that a child custody case is actually a parental control case. In order to get an accurate glimpse into family matters so intricately detailed and intentionally obscured, a forensic psychiatrist may be necessary.

What is a Forensic Psychiatry Expert?

The New York court and the presiding judge over your child custody case may have little to no real world experience studying the mindsets and behaviors of children and parents; they are only there to make a ruling based on presented arguments. The average psychiatrist, while they may be highly experienced in their practice, will most likely deal with either children or adults, but not both. A forensic psychiatrist is specialized in gauging the relationships between two or more parties, how they interact with each other on a daily basis, and how they influence each other’s lives and emotions. Using their in-depth understanding of human relationships, focused on parent-child relationships, they may be able to easily make a case for one parent to receive custody over the other.

A forensic psychiatrist has a trained eye for spotting signs of:

  • Neglect
  • Abuse
  • Attachment
  • Trust

In addition to presenting strong psychological viewpoints for a child custody case, a forensic psychiatry expert makes efforts to back up their findings as not just a professional opinion but also a medical certainty. To be able to say that evaluations are based in scientific methods and not speculation provides credibility and confidence that the court will appreciate and weigh in their final decision.

For more information on forensic psychiatry in child custody cases, you may want to visit The Forensic Panel at their website: If you need help with a divorce, child custody, or family law dispute, feel free to contact our New York City divorce attorneys from Peter L. Cedeño & Associates, P.C. today. With 20+ years of combined legal experience, we are sure to be able to handle whatever legal trouble is bothering you. Call 212.235.1382 today.




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