Monday, November 23, 2009

AFCC eNEWS - November 2009 / AFCC Price Freeze Extended / Top Ten NCJFCJ Resources / FCR Seeks Associate Editor

AFCC eNEWS – November 2009 / AFCC Price Freeze Extended / Top Ten NCJFCJ Resources / FCR Seeks Associate Editor

Vol. 4 No. 11
NOVEMber 2009

Price Freeze Extended for Members Until 2011

The AFCC Board of Directors has voted to extend the price freeze initiated in 2008 for members until at least January 2011. The price freeze will extend to registration fees for conferences, training programs and pre-conference institutes as well as publication prices and membership dues. The freeze does not apply to non-member prices, but AFCC will make every reasonable effort to keep costs down.

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Adults Believe What Children Say. Should They?

Courtesy of J.M. Craig Press, Inc.

The research is clear that children report more accurately when simply asked wide-ranging and open-ended questions regarding what they remember about events. Many studies have been devoted to how much people believe children when the questions are suggestive in nature. This study takes us a step further by examining whether teaching participants about suggestive interviewing makes a difference in their assessment of the veracity of children’s reports.


Top Ten National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Resources

Since its founding in 1937 by a group of judges dedicated to improving the effectiveness of the nation's juvenile courts, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has pursued a mission to improve courts and systems practice and raise awareness of the core issues that touch the lives of many of our nation's children and families. NCJFCJ has a wealth of resources and has generously provided these top ten.

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FEATURED e-NEWSLETTER recently published the 300th issue of The Weekly. The Weekly began 13 years ago under the guidance of founding editor John Helie. Over time, the newsletter became a bi-weekly and then weekly publication under the leadership of editors John Ford and Jim Melamed. AFCC members and others can subscribe at no charge or visit the Web version of The Weekly at

Treasures on the AFCC Website

Report from the Wingspread Conference on Domestic Violence and Family Courts by Professors Nancy Ver Steegh and Claire Dalton can be found on the AFCC website in the Resource Center.
In February of 2007 the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts brought together a working group of thirty-seven experienced practitioners and researchers to identify and explore conceptual and practical tensions that have hampered effective work with families on which domestic violence has been identified or alleged. Five central sets of issues were raised at the conference and are discussed in this report.
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December AFCC Training Programs in Baltimore

Parenting Coordination: Helping High Conflict Parents Resolve Disputes will be presented by Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D. on December 7-6, 2009.

Advanced Issues in Child Custody: The Child’s Perspective will be presented by Mindy Mitnick, Ed.M., M.A. on December 9-10, 2009.
More information...

Family Court Review Associate Editor Position

Family Court Review (FCR), the quarterly academic and research journal of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, is seeking an Associate Editor.



Obesity as a Basis for Losing Custody

Courtesy of the Family Law Professors Blog

A recent case out of the U.K. has brought renewed attention to the issue of whether morbid obesity in children is a sign of abuse and neglect, such that the parents of those children should lose custody. The latest case to make headlines concerns a Scottish couple who lost custody of two of their six children on the basis of what was, their lawyer claims, a failure to reduce the kids' weight following warnings from Scottish social services.
Read the Time story here...

Legal Recognition of LGBT Parents Shifts State-by-State

Courtesy of

A heterosexual couple who adopted three children together in the state of Illinois moved to Michigan several years later. As often happens, things ended and the couple went to court to determine custody of their children. To their surprise, the court determined that neither the man nor woman is considered the legal parent since Michigan has different adoption laws than Illinois, so the court refused to even hear the case.


Cheating Husband Ordered to Pay $100,000 to Spurned Mistress

Courtesy of

An Australian man who had an affair with a woman for 20 years while he was married has been ordered to pay the mistress more than $100,000 (£55,000) under the country's new laws that give rights to people in de facto relationships.
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