Men’s Divorce Podcast: How Abuse And Neglect Affect Child Custody

Men's Divorce PodcastEach month, the Cordell & Cordell Men’s Divorce Podcast features an in-depth discussion on specific issues that affect men going through divorce.

This month, Cordell & Cordell CEO/Managing Partner Scott Trout and Litigation Partner Kristin Zurek discuss the many different ways abuse and neglect – and allegations of abuse and neglect – can affect child custody cases.

They discuss generally how abuse and neglect factor into family law (0:45); how abuse allegations are discussed during initial consultations (1:30); whether abuse can impact the division of property (2:10); how attorneys react when their clients face abuse allegations (2:45); the different types of abuse and neglect (4:00); how courts respond differently to the various kinds of abuse (4:50); defending yourself against abuse allegations (5:50); utilizing witnesses in abuse cases (7:50); why it’s risky to use children as witnesses (10:10); orders of protection (11:53); the challenges men face when they’re the victims of abuse (18:11); what role a Guardian ad Litem can play in a custody case (22:50); parental alienation syndrome (33:18); how drug and alcohol abuse can affect custody (39:37); and more.

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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.

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