Family Court System

Courtroom Insights: Narcissistic Personality Disorder Affects Parenting and Child Development

Two individuals who once comprised a loving marriage, now bear titles of defendant and plaintiff, standing before the family court among a plethora of custody cases. Judges and family relation officers laboriously examine intimate details of a family, attempting to make reasonable decisions affecting multiple lives. Their rulings directly affect the future care and psychological… Read More Courtroom Insights: Narcissistic Personality Disorder Affects Parenting and Child Development

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Handout for Mental Health Professionals by Rebecca Davis Merritt, Ph.D.

  One Mom’s Battle Handout for Therapists by Rebecca Davis Merritt, Ph.D. ( To download this as a printable handout, click here ) Why were you Given this Handout? If you are a therapist or psychologist and your client or client’s parent has given you this handout, it means that they believe the other parent has a Cluster… Read More Handout for Mental Health Professionals by Rebecca Davis Merritt, Ph.D.

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Raising Healthy Children

by Rebecca Davis-Merritt Remember your journey with the Cluster B in your life: the lies, manipulation, wooing, broken promises, his/her victim status but how at first you fell in love with the charisma and apparent ability to look into your soul. You may have thought s/he was your soul mate. Now your eyes and thoughts… Read More Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Raising Healthy Children

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When the Family Court System Fails to Act in the Best Interest of a Child

By Tina Swithin When a person first reads about Kelly Rutherford’s international custody battle, the reaction may be similar to mine and countless others. Initially, I was left thinking that there must be more to the story.  This case is of particular interest to me due to my role as an advocate for children and… Read More When the Family Court System Fails to Act in the Best Interest of a Child