Ode to an Insufferable Advocate

What are you able to build with your lies
Integrity crumbles; trust withers and dies
Your boasts of endowment and feat
Beg Karma’s inscription on short term’s lease
From a charlatan’s pulpit you beat ire’s chest
Dragooning those of goodwill who decline your behest
Blow by blow, whack, thwack, wallop
Bellows the bark of narcissist’s trollop
Black and blue is the child whose parent you proffer
Contused the vocation that breeds ...
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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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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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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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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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