Defending the Rights of Parents With Disabilities in Custody and Visitation Determinations
Rebutting Negative Stereotypes and Biases, Trial Strategies, and Critical Considerations for Final Orders
This program is postponed. New date TBD.
A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A
This CLE webinar will discuss what family law attorneys need to know when representing clients with physical disabilities in custody and parenting time disputes. Parents with mobility, sensory, and other physical disabilities face a host of problems in family courts, all too often rooted in implicit biases and unsubstantiated assumptions about their fitness and ability to parent. Counsel are often unaware of the supportive services, and equipment that may facilitate their client’s parenting abilities. The panel will discuss these, and other important considerations and strategies to avoid being blindsided by a custody decision maker's unfair and unsupported broad leaps to conclusions.
- Overview of historical treatment of persons with disabilities and the ADA relevant to parenting and child custody
- Obstacles faced in family courts by parents with disabilities
- Tips and strategies to counter stereotypes and to best represent parents with disabilities
- Applying the best interests of the child standard
- Statutory protections under state and federal law
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- How can counsel best confront and undermine bias about the fitness of parents with disabilities?
- What strategies may be helpful in presenting the client's custody case?
- How should a parent's disability weigh into custody and visitation decisions?
- How can attorneys prepare their client's custody case (and their client) for trial?
- What should or should not be included in the final orders?
- What steps should counsel take to check themselves for bias about a client's disability, and better inform themselves regarding their client’s capabilities?
M. Debra Gold
mdg Custody Litigation Consulting
Ms. Gold serves as a Guardian ad Litem in Georgia custody cases. After litigating and serving as a Guardian ad Litem in... | Read More
Ms. Gold serves as a Guardian ad Litem in Georgia custody cases. After litigating and serving as a Guardian ad Litem in hundreds of family law and custody cases since 1989, she also now provides litigation support and consulting services for family law attorneys and their clients involved in contested custody disputes.Close
Radford & Keebaugh
Georgia Lord, an attorney with the Decatur firm of Radford & Keebaugh, LLC, proudly offers Collaborative and... | Read More
Georgia Lord, an attorney with the Decatur firm of Radford & Keebaugh, LLC, proudly offers Collaborative and conventional Family Law Services to both traditional and nontraditional families. Georgia has extensive experience in both custody litigation and disability rights advocacy. Her experience includes six years of service to a busy Family Court. She has also been lead counsel in Americans with Disabilities Act suits that improved the accessibility of public transit in Atlanta, forced a local courthouse to become wheelchair accessible, and required a local jail to provide accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing.Close