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Dr. Garber strives to stay current with the burgeoning literatures in family law, child and family development, assessment, consultation, and child custody.

Following are select citations linked to several of the topics relevant to this website and Dr. Garber's services:


Forensic Evaluation



Forensic Consultation:
  • Lee, S. M., & Nachlis, L. S. (2011). Consulting with attorneys: An alternative hybrid model. Journal of Child Custody: Research, Issues, and Practices, 8(1-2), 84-102.
  • Austin, W. G., Kirkpatrick, H. D. and Flens, J. R. (2011), The emerging forensic role for work product review and case analysis in child access and parenting plan disputes. Family Court Review, 49: 737–749.
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and Child Custody Consultant Task Force (2011), Mental health consultants and child custody evaluations: A Discussion paper. Family Court Review, 49: 723–736.
  • Bow, J. N., Gottlieb, M. C., Gould-Saltman, Hon. D. J. and Hendershot, L. (2011). Partners in the process: How attorneys prepare their clients for custody evaluations and litigation.Family Court Review, 49: 750–759.
  • Mermelstein, H., Rosen, J. A. and Reinach Wolf, C. (2016), Best Interests of the Special Needs Child: Mandating Consideration of the Child's Mental Health. Family Court Review, 54: 68–80.
  • Austin, W. G. (2016). Child Custody Evaluation and Relocation: Part III of III:  Forensic Consultation Services and Common Errors by Evaluators. American Journal of Family Law, 30(1), 1-14
  • Martindale, D. A. (2007). Forensic consultation in litigated custody disputes. Journal of Psychiatry and Law, 35(3), 281-298.
Differentiating roles:
  • Brodsky, Stanley L. and Gutheil, Thomas G. (2016). Boundaries between expert witness roles and trial consultation. The expert expert witness: More maxims and guidelines for testifying in court (2nd ed.).Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.
  • Gould, J., Martindale, D., Tippins, T., & Wittmann, J. (2011). Testifying experts and non-testifying trial consultants: Appreciating the differences. Journal of Child Custody: Research, Issues, and Practices, 8(1-2), 32-46.
Also of interest:

  • Bala, N., Birnbaum, R. and Bertrand, L. (2013), Controversy about the Role of Children's Lawyers: Advocate or Best Interests Guardian? Comparing Practices in Two Canadian Jurisdictions with Different Policies for Lawyers. Family Court Review, 51: 681–697.
  • Shapse, Steven N (2010). Serving as a guardian ad litem. In Walfish, Steven (Ed), (2010). Earning a living outside of managed mental health care: 50 ways to expand your practice, (pp. 177-179). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.
  • Taylor, L. (2009). A lawyer for every child: Client-directed representation in dependency cases. Family Court Review, 47: 605–633.
  • Birnbaum & Bala (2009), “The Child’s Perspective on Legal Representation: Young Adults Report on Their Experiences with Child Lawyers,”  Canadian Journal of Family Law, 25(1), 11- 71
  • Birnbaum & Bala (2010) , “Judicial Interviews With Children In Custody And Access Cases: Comparing Experiences In Ontario And Ohio,” International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family.
  • Fernando, M. (2014), Family Law Proceedings and the Child's Right to be Heard in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada. Family Court Review, 52: 46–59
  • Miller, S. (2014), Judicial Discretion and the Voice of the Child in Resolving Custody Disputes: Comments on the Think Tank Report. Family Court Review, 52: 198–199.
For more information about family law and access to many relevant guidelines, standards, and practices see:


National Council of
                                        Juvenile and Family Court



                                  Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

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