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Domestic Violence for Guardians ad Litem 2024

Product ID: CA3612M
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

Endorsed by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

The right recommendation

Research shows that abuse often goes undetected in disputed child custody cases.1 Even when abuse is detected, it’s not always accounted for in custody or placement determinations. Although abuse isn’t present in every family, guardians ad litem (GALs) must always be on the lookout for the warning signs. Domestic Violence for Guardians ad Litem will give you the tools to identify, evaluate, and make sound recommendations in custody cases involving abuse.

Learn to develop appropriate recommendations for the court in custody cases by understanding:

  • How to check your biases and assumptions
  • The signs and different forms of domestic abuse
  • The nature and context of the abuse
  • The implications of abuse on children and parents
  • How to make safety recommendations for children
  • How to integrate your findings into final recommendations
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Pricing

Member $209.00

Non-Member $289.00

Credits

4 CLE, 1 EPR, 4 GALF, 4 GALMIN, 4 GALDV

Date and Time

Tuesday, March 19, 20248:30 AM - 12:15 PM CT

Add to Calendar 3/19/2024 8:30:00 AM 3/19/2024 12:15:00 PM America/Chicago Domestic Violence for Guardians ad Litem 2024

Endorsed by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

The right recommendation

Research shows that abuse often goes undetected in disputed child custody cases.1 Even when abuse is detected, it’s not always accounted for in custody or placement determinations. Although abuse isn’t present in every family, guardians ad litem (GALs) must always be on the lookout for the warning signs. Domestic Violence for Guardians ad Litem will give you the tools to identify, evaluate, and make sound recommendations in custody cases involving abuse.

Learn to develop appropriate recommendations for the court in custody cases by understanding:

  • How to check your biases and assumptions
  • The signs and different forms of domestic abuse
  • The nature and context of the abuse
  • The implications of abuse on children and parents
  • How to make safety recommendations for children
  • How to integrate your findings into final recommendations
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State Bar Center
5302 Eastpark Blvd.
Madison, WI 53718

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Endorsed by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

The right recommendation

Research shows that abuse often goes undetected in disputed child custody cases.1 Even when abuse is detected, it’s not always accounted for in custody or placement determinations. Although abuse isn’t present in every family, guardians ad litem (GALs) must always be on the lookout for the warning signs. Domestic Violence for Guardians ad Litem will give you the tools to identify, evaluate, and make sound recommendations in custody cases involving abuse.

Learn to develop appropriate recommendations for the court in custody cases by understanding:

  • How to check your biases and assumptions
  • The signs and different forms of domestic abuse
  • The nature and context of the abuse
  • The implications of abuse on children and parents
  • How to make safety recommendations for children
  • How to integrate your findings into final recommendations
Read More ↓

Meghan E. Healy
DiRenzo & Bomier, LLC
Neenah

Kelsey J. Mullins
Office of Court Operations
Madison

Kari Niesen-LaScala
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
Madison

Christine R H Olsen
Olsen Law Office
Wausau

Gricel Santiago-Rivera
RISE Law Center
Madison

8:30 a.m. DV 101: It includes so much more than physical violence

  • Definitions of domestic abuse
  • Types of domestic abuse
  • Importance of “checking” your beliefs, biases, and assumptions
  • Potential consequences for victims disclosing abuse

Kelsey J. Mullins, Kari Niesen-LaScala, Gricel Santiago-Rivera

9:20 a.m. What’s actually going on? Defining the Nature and Context of Abuse

  • Not all domestic abuse is the same
  • Importance of asking the right questions to flush out abuse
  • Documenting and reviewing red flags
  • Examining ALL forms of abuse, per law
  • Overview of coercive control
  • Understanding potency, pattern, primary perpetrator, parenting problems, and perspectives of the child
  • Impact of abuse on parenting

Meghan E. Healy, Gricel Santiago-Rivera

9:45 a.m. What does it mean? Evaluating the Implications of Abuse

  • Determining how an abusive person parents
  • How do the children experience and react to the abuse
  • What is the impact of the abuse on the children
  • Can co-parenting be achieved? How?

Kelsey J. Mullins, Christine R H Olsen

10:10 a.m. Break

10:25 a.m. Accounting for Abuse in Recommendations to the Court

  • Distinction between ‘divvying things up” and “making things work”
  • Priorities of recommendations in accounting for abuse
  • Recommending safety for the children

Meghan E. Healy, Kari Niesen-LaScala

10:45 a.m. Accounting for Abuse in Recommendations to the Court, continued

  • Distinction between ‘divvying things up” and “making things work”
  • Priorities of recommendations in accounting for abuse
  • Recommending safety for the children

Christine R H Olsen, Gricel Santiago-Rivera

11:05 a.m. Case scenario: 4-part analysis

Meghan E. Healy, Kelsey J. Mullins, Kari Niesen-LaScala, Christine R H Olsen, Gricel Santiago-Rivera

11:15 a.m. Ethical Issues for GAL’s in Cases with Documented Domestic Abuse

  • Obligation and responsibility when the GAL does not believe parent(s)’ wishes and/or stipulation are in best interest of child due to domestic abuse being present.
  • Confidentiality concerns when a victim does not wish information such as health or medical records to be revealed to court.
  • Does duty to protect best interest of child extend to duty to protect parent who is a victim?
  • Addressing nonspecific orders such as “reasonable notice” when there is known domestic abuse.
  • GAL’s ethical obligations if recommendations are not accepted by the court or the court doesn’t apply the legal standard for domestic abuse cases.
  • Is there an ethical obligation to interview the child? At what age? How might evidence of the impact of witnessing domestic abuse on children be obtained without an interview?
  • Issues with interim authority in cases where domestic abuse is present.

Meghan E. Healy, Kelsey J. Mullins , Kari Niesen-LaScala, Christine R H Olsen, Gricel Santiago-Rivera

12:05 p.m. Question and Answer Session (Live)

12:15 p.m. Program Concludes

  • Identify signs of domestic abuse in disputed custody cases
  • Understand the effects of different types of abuse on children
  • Recognize the impacts of abuse on parenting and co-parenting
  • Learn how to account for abuse in recommendations to the court
  • Comply with statutory requirements to accept GAL appointments
  • Guardians ad litem for children
  • Family law attorneys
  • Juvenile court attorneys
  • Probate attorneys
  • Attorneys who want to start taking GAL appointments
  • Judges and court commissioners making custody and placement decisions
  • General practitioners

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