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Family Law News 2018, Issue 3, Volume 40, No. 3

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Message from the Chair……………………………………………………………………………………………………….4

Message from the Editor………………………………………………………………………………………………………6

Admissible: Why Malinda S., Not People v. Sanchez, Governs Child Custody Evaluators……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….7
By Leslie Ellen Shear, CFLS, CALS and Julia C. Shear Kushner, J.D.
Leslie Shear and Julia Shear Kushner take a deep-dive into the long history of child custody evaluations and similar investigative reports, the evolution of their use as evidence in family law proceedings, and the evidentiary rules and exceptions regarding admissibility, including a suggestion that Malinda S. (and not Sanchez) governs.

Walking Tour: Family Justice Center Sonoma County……………………………………………………24
By Roz Bateman Smith
This article chronicles Roz Bateman Smith’s walking tour through the Family Justice Center Sonoma County (FJCSC), including descriptions of the services available there for individuals who experience domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, and other forms of violence or abuse.

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