As children grow and family circumstances change, often the less-seen parent desires a modification in the parenting plan that will allow him/her to have more parenting time. This presentation introduces a chart that specifies family domains, questions, and concerns as a tool for integrating family data to support child-centered decision making. We will discuss how the chart organizes clinical information and research about child development and family dynamics to facilitate decisions that support children’s well-being while considering parents’ goals to spend time with their children.
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Marsha Kline Pruett, PhD, ABPP is a psychologist with masters’ degrees in law and in education. She is the Maconda Brown O’Connor Professor at Smith College School for Social Work. With twenty-five years of clinical experience, her expertise includes couples counseling and consultation, father involvement, co-parenting, child development, mediation, legal case development for attorneys, mediation, and collaborative divorce. Her scholarly works include numerous professional articles, curricula, chapters, and 3 books focused on couple and co-parental relationships, marriage, and divorce – including Partnership Parenting (2009) written with her husband. She is involved in research projects spanning supporting father involvement group interventions in the U.S. and Canada and the design and evaluation of model ADR programs that help families resolve disputes outside of the adversarial system. In collaborative ventures with colleagues, she has designed a grid for decision-making about young children and overnights and a step-up template for increasing parenting time across the age spectrum. She is currently the President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.