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Custody Disputes

Deena McMahon on Custody Disputes

Because custody disputes can be painful, expensive, and extremely hard on children, I focus on helping all parties involved view the situation from the child's perspective. I help establish workable parenting plans, including custody, visitation, and contact agreements.

Reports to the court are frequently asked for. Collaboration with other parties involved with the family is often part of the process of understanding custody disputes.

The defendant's attorneys typically ask for a parenting assessment or custody evaluation as part of a contested custody dispute. My part in this process is the parenting evaluations that focus on who is most capable of meeting the child's needs. I take into consideration age of the child, developmental milestones they are working on, sibling relationships, special needs, educational challenge and other significant adult relationships.

"I like the idea that by the end of the day I've made some sort of difference." — Deena McMahon, MSW,  ICSW