Post-Separation Visitation Disputes: Differential Interventions

BACKGROUND PAPER

(2001-FCY-6)

INTRODUCTION

Visitation is a highly contentious issue in separation and divorce. When it is brought before the court for resolution, mental health professionals are engaged to provide "evidence" for a recommendation. The process by which evidence is obtained during the evaluation is referred to as the "custody and access assessment." There is little evidence regarding the efficacy of this process. Subsequently, little is known about the outcomes for children and families involved in this process. The purpose of this study was to explore and examine the process and outcomes of different types of interventions in visitation disputes before the court.

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