This program is an excerpt from Advanced Skills and Techniques for Family Law 2022.
Obtain the records you need
In cases involving child custody and placement, the physical and mental health of the parents can be critical factors in evaluating a child’s best interests. The discovery process can provide access to health records that could help the courts determine a parents’ physical and mental state.
At Discovery of Medical and AODA Records, examine the statutory framework underpinning discovery of medical and Alcohol and Drug Abuse (AODA) treatment records in family court cases. Attorney Kathryn Pugh will answer questions such as:
- Who needs to sign off on a release of AODA and medical records?
- Do you need a court order to obtain these records?
- When is it appropriate to request AODA and medical records?
- What process should I follow for requesting records?
- What should I do if I receive a records request?
You’ll also learn how medical and AODA records can be used in family court, discover best practices for limiting the scope of records requests, and pick up strategies for limiting disclosure of your clients’ records.