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Registration deadline is August 18, 2017
Child custody disputes frequently end up before a judge. Courts are increasingly referring these disputes to child custody evaluators. This 90-minute interactive seminar will prepare you to incorporate these evaluations into your custody mediation, either as a mediator or a litigator.
Learn what makes a good comprehensive child custody evaluation, when is a CCE appropriate and how it can be incorporated into the ADR process, and common issues in custody disputes including:
- Domestic Violence
- Move Aways
- Child Abuse
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Parental Alienation
Panel: Ben Burgess, MA, LLP, Fountain Hill Center, Grand Rapids, and Connie Thacker, JD, Thacker Sleight PC, Grand Rapids
Moderator: Robert E. L. Wright, The Peace Talks PLC, Grand Rapids
About the Panel
Ben Burgess is a psychologist with a practice focusing primarily on high-conflict divorce and parental separation, as well as high-conflict child custody and parenting time evaluations. Mr. Burgess received a master's degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University in 2006. Since 2006, he has worked in various private practices and is currently at the Fountain Hill Center in Grand Rapids. In addition to private practice, Mr. Burgess worked as office psychologist for the Ottawa County Friend of the Court, where he routinely examined complex cases involving child alienation, intimate partner violence, and other complex custody and parenting time issues. Mr. Burgess' practice has expanded to include parent-child reunification and parent coordination.
Connie Thacker is a shareholder with Thacker Sleight PC. She concentrates her practice in family law, including complex divorce litigation with issues involving business and professional valuations, child custody, and parenting time. Connie is a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). She has been trained in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, is a trained mediator, and has earned certification from the AAML Matrimonial Arbitration Training Institute and the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan. Best Lawyers named Connie Grand Rapids' Family Lawyer of the Year for 2017, 2015, and 2011. In 2017, Leading Lawyers recognized her for her work in family law and ranked her in Michigan's Top 100 Women Lawyers for 2017.