Mommie Dearest? Prosecuting Cases of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

13-WTR Crim. Just. 26

Criminal Justice
Winter, 1999
Feature
Lynn Holland Goldman, Beatrice Crofts Yorker a1

Copyright (c) 1999 by the American Bar Association; Lynn Holland Goldman, Beatrice Crofts Yorker

MOMMIE DEAREST? PROSECUTING CASES OF MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME BY PROXY

*27 Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP), a form of child abuse in which a caretaker falsifies or induces illness in a child for the purposes of gaining medical attention, has gained public recognition. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) ...

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Become a Sponsor of the 6th Annual Shoot for All Better

To my friends and colleagues:

I wanted to humbly request that you consider participating in or being a sponsor of the 6TH ANNUAL SHOOT FOR ALL BETTER on November 3, 2017, benefiting pediatric cancer research.

The event will be held at the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club.

The hope is that through sponsorship from businesses and individuals that expenses for the event will be covered, whereby 100% of donations (the net goal is a $75,000.00 contribution) can go to the Read More →

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Deciding Custody Requires a “Forward-Looking Analysis”

(A review of Lowry v Winenger, a 2/23/17 Georgia Court of Appeals Decision)

In Lowry v. Winenger, No. A16A2133, 2017 WL 715956 (Ga. Ct. App. Feb. 23, 2017), Mother and Father divorced in 2013. They were granted shared physical custody of their son, although mother was the designated primary physical custodian. Neither parent was ordered to pay child support.

Just two months after their divorce was finalized, mother remarried, converted to the Mormon faith, and began taking the child to ...

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“Direct” v “Indirect” Contempt and Due Process Implications

Earlier this month, the Georgia Court of Appeals decided In Interest of K. J., No. A16A1501, 2017 WL 822471, at 1 (Ga. Ct. App. Mar. 2, 2017) At issue was whether the Lumpkin County Juvenile Court had the authority, sua sponte, to find a parent in criminal contempt.

The evidence before the Court of Appeals was that on January 26, 2016, a judicial hearing was held in a dependency matter, at which time the parties stipulated to the entry of a ...

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I don’t get it.

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

I’m often told that I don’t get it because I don’t have children. I have canine children, but that aside – it’s true. I don’t get it. After almost 21 years of family law practice, I still don’t get…

  • How a parent feels it benefits his or her children to tell them the truth about their other parent’s infidelity or drug use…
  • How a parent thinks it appropriate to “discipline” a ...
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Seven Tips For Minimizing Your Children’s Trauma in Divorce

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

  1. Keep your conflict to yourself
    You’re angry, scared, and your sadness hangs off you like wet sandbags. You feel your husband’s infidelity was an abandonment of you and your children. You want them to know what he’s done. They should know the truth, you tell yourself. But your need for a catharsis will not help you or your children. All they will hear is that their father is a bad person – and they ...
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Fight against Human Trafficking

Benjamin Franklin once opined that one should “either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Here I endeavor to do the former in the hope of inspiring the latter.

You know the children who inspired this writing. They share our cities, our neighborhoods, our civic centers, libraries, playgrounds, schools, and houses of worship. They span all walks of life and suffer various vulnerabilities, but they are all our charge. They are our ...

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A New Juvenile Code: The Purpose and Status of Senate Bill 292

A statewide coalition garners bipartisan support

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

After three years of development, Senate Bill (SB) 292, also known as the Child Protection and Public Safety Act, was introduced by Senator Bill Hamrick at the conclusion of the 2009 session of the Georgia General Assembly. If passed, it would supplant the current provisions of the Georgia Code that govern our state’s response to children and their families in cases involving deprivation (abuse and neglect), delinquency, unruliness, and ...

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Find the Right Family Lawyer – For You

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

How do you navigate through a divorce in a way that minimizes conflict, cost, chaos, and contrition? Retain the right attorney – for you. How do you know who the right attorney is for you? Follow these steps.

  1. Let’s Tell It Like It Is
    Divorce sucks. Divorce is the end of a relationship that you intended to last a lifetime. Divorce is the dismantling of a united nuclear family. Divorce is financially taxing ...
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Advocating for Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

  1. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders Generally
    Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause life altering neurodevelopmental disabilities, referred to in the aggregate as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders (FASD). “FASD” is an umbrella term, not a diagnosis. The identifiable conditions associated with prenatal alcohol exposure under the FASD umbrella are Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (PFAS), Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND) and Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD).
  2. FAS Diagnosis
    An FAS diagnosis connotes impairments in three ...
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