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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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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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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