How Abuse And Neglect Affect Child Custody | Cordell & Cordell

How Abuse And Neglect Affect Child Custody

Men's Divorce PodcastThis month, Cordell & Cordell CEO/Managing Partner Scott Trout and Litigation Partner Kristin Zurek discuss one of the more troubling aspects of family law: abuse and neglect issues in child custody.

They discuss the role abuse and neglect play in family law from a broad perspective (0:45); how abuse is usually brought up in initial consultations (1:30); whether abuse can affect property division (2:10); how attorneys respond when their clients are accused of abuse (2:45); the different types of abuse (4:00); how courts react to different kinds of abuse (4:50); how to defend yourself against allegations of abuse (5:50); the importance of witnesses in abuse cases (7:50); the risks of using kids as witnesses (10:10); orders of protection (11:53); the challenges guys face when they’re the victims of abuse (18:11); the role a Guardian ad Litem plays in custody cases (22:50); parental alienation syndrome (33:18); issues surrounding drug and alcohol abuse (39:37); and more.

About Shawn Garrison

Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels.

Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.