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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“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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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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