Though it is hoped that families can resolve their differences and address their children’s needs without lengthy and costly litigation, there are times when court hearings and trials are necessary. Dr. Kaufman has appeared as an expert witness in family law proceedings in many counties in California, including: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Sonoma, Napa, Stanislaus, Butte, San Joachin, and Solano.
Expert witness services include:
- Testimony regarding the quality and the strengths and weaknesses of Child Custody Evaluations. This includes review of data collecting procedures, as well as how case specific data is analyzed and synthesized with evidence-based research relevant to issues in the case, all of which lay the foundation for custody recommendations.
- Educational testimony regarding specific content areas that may be relevant to a particular family law matter. This might include: issues in relocation cases; special considerations for infants and toddlers; issues of alienation and estrangement; and psychological and cognitive factors that impact parental competency. Such testimony draws on current, evidence-based research.