How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases

When allegations of sex abuse arise in family law cases, they often surface in the heat of custody litigation where it is difficult for judges, attorneys and mental health professionals to assess the veracity of the allegations. These are extremely complicated and emotional cases that can be a minefield for attorneys and other family law professionals. An understanding of divorce dynamics and motives is essential.

How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases

Allison Williams will provide you with a working understanding of the psychological and legal issues that are present when sexual abuse allegations arise in family litigation.

In this CLE course, Allison Williams will provide practical advice and helpful insight into how to handle these sensitive and complicated cases by discussing the interplay between CPS & child protective services, how sexual abuse allegations are validated, litigation of child sexual abuse cases, the expert evaluation process, key rules of evidence and strategies & tactics. To access the course please click here: How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases.

Additional topics discussed:

  • Key resources
  • Finding words
  • Fantastical thinking & recantation
  • Parental access
  • Parental alienation as a defense
  • Risk factors
  • Psychological testing
  • Childhood disclosure of abuse
  • Finding corroborating evidence
  • The victim-patient privilege
  • The business records exception
  • The admissibility of police Reports
  • How to challenge a psychologist’s opinion
  • Tips for cross examining experts

Allison C. Williams, Esq., is Founder and Owner of the Williams Law Group, LLC, with offices in Union and Wall Township, New Jersey.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. Attorney Credits offers CLE in New Jersey and around the country, for more information about New Jersey CLE please click here: NJ CLE.