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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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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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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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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Both Parents Have a Duty to Support Children Born Out of Wedlock

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

A biological father has a duty to pay child support for his illegitimate child even in the absence of a judicial determination of paternity. A judicial determination is simply a procedural prerequisite to the enforcement of the biological father’s existing duty. The biological father’s duty to support his child begins when the child is born.

Under the Georgia Code, a “duty of support” includes any duty of support imposed or imposable by law ...

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Answers to The Ten Most Common Questions Concerning Child Custody

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

  1. Is there a presumption in favor of a Mother or Father having custody?
    No. Under Georgia law, in all cases in which the custody of a child is at issue between the child’s parents, there is no prima-facie right to custody of the child in the father or mother – no presumption in favor of either parent.
  2. Is there a presumption in favor of a particular kind of custody for either parent?
    No. ...
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The Child Protection and Public Safety Act: Streamlining the Georgia Juvenile Code

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

Originally introduced during the 2009 Georgia General Assembly as Senate Bill 292, The Child Protection and Public Safety Act (“the Act”), after further scrutiny and alteration, was introduced during the 2011 Georgia General Assembly by Senator Bill Hamrick (as SB 127) and by Representative Wendell Willard (as HB 641).

The Act is meant to modernize, reorganize, and streamline a 40-year-old Juvenile Code, the body of law that regulates the manner in which the ...

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Contested Custody Cases: Protecting Your Children From An Addict Parent

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

  1. Retain Competent Counsel
    Research. Ask Questions. Call your State Bar. You want a family law attorney who understands the issues surrounding physical and legal custody – someone with whom you feel comfortable sharing intimate details of your life, someone responsive, communicative, capable, thorough, insightful, a straight shooter – someone who can assist you in reaching a sound and amicable resolution to the custody and parenting time issues in your case and, if it becomes ...
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