How to Draft Well-Constructed Custody Appointment Orders – 2011


by Timothy M. Tippins

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Given the potential impact that a custody evaluation can have on the future trajectory of the lives of parents and their children, these orders deserve more considered thought than they are often given. This monograph will examine a number of important components that can bring greater clarity and coherence to the custody evaluation process.5 The comprehensive listing of proposed provisions can be found in the Appendix. The commentary provides the arguments to be made when the practitioner is urging the court to include the recommended provisions in the appointment order in a given case.

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About The Authors


timTimothy Tippins Esq.

Timothy M. Tippins, Esq. is an adjunct professor at Albany Law School and serves on the faculty of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and on the Affiliate Postdoctoral Forensic Faculty at St. John’s University. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Psychology at Siena College. He is a private practitioner who has engaged in matrimonial and family law practice since 1975 and devotes his practice exclusively to serving as trial counsel and consultant to other family law practitioners on a nationwide basis, with special emphasis on the presentation and cross-examination of expert mental health testimony. Tippins has served in all major professional leadership positions in the New York family law community, including President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – New York Chapter, Chair of the NYSBA Family Law Section, and Chair of the NYSBA Task Force on Family Law. Tippins is a regular feature columnist for the New York Law Journal and is the author of the multi-volume treatise New York Matrimonial Law & Practice (West Publishing).

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