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Litigating Parental Alienation Cases
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There is an option to register for a live webcast of this all day CLE seminar and limited spaces available to attend in person.

When: 6/26/2015
8:00 AM
Where: Burns Center, Montana State University
Montana State University, Engineering & Physical Sciences Building
Bozeman, Montana  59715
Contact: Tawna Meldrum

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Family Law cases that involve, or potentially involve, Parental Alienation (PA) can be especially difficult.  The workshop on Litigating Family Law Cases with Parent Alienation will help attorneys recognize PA.  Participants will learn to identify specific behaviors of the favored, or alienating parent, and those of the rejected parent and the affected child, that are commonly observed in these cases.  Presenters will cover what PA is and provide suggestions about case management, litigation strategy, and options for families where PS is at issue.  Download the pdf of the flier HERE.  




A.M.  (Morning presented by Robert Evans, PhD, unless otherwise noted)

8:00        Registration

8:15        Welcoming Remarks by Moderator

8:20        Essence of Parenting

– Attachment Theory and Failures of Compassion

8:30        Introduction to Parental Alienation (PA)

                -Section 40-4-212, MCA, in relation to PA

                -Components of PA

9:15        Primary Manifestations of PA

                -Levels of PA

9:45        Specific PA Behaviors

                -Introduction to Bayes’ Theorem

10:15     Break

10:30     Litigation Strategy

                -Gathering Evidence

                -Examining and Cross Examining an expert regarding PA

10:45     Controversies Surrounding PA

11:00     DSM – 5

11:15     Suggestions for those representing:

                -Favored Parent

                -Rejected Parent

11:30     Case Law


Noon     Lunch (on your own)



1:15        Guardian Ad Litems (Kellie A. Voyich, JD)

                -Duties and Responsibilities of a GAL

                -Case Law/Statutes

1:30        Parenting Coordinators (Kathleen Rock, JD, MS, LCPC)

                -Role of PC’s

                -Utilizing PC’s and what services/assistance they can provide

1:45        Parenting Evaluators  (Jennifer Bjelland, MS, LCPC)

                -Role and Duties

                -Qualifications/Standards – movement to implement

2:00        Family Reunification Options (Robert Evans, PhD)

                -Why Traditional Therapy/Counseling programs are ineffective

                - Program Options

3:00        Break

3:15        Alternative Adolescent Placements & Transport Services (Shirley Wantland)

                -Behavioral and Educational Programs for severely alienated children

                -The placement process

                -Transport Services

4:15        Panel Discussion for Questions & Answers (All Presenters)

5:00        Closing