PARENTING PLANS: MEETING THE CHALLENGES WITH FACTS AND ANALYSIS by Dr. Daniel Hynan has been published by the American Bar Association.

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  • Introduction
  • Parenting Plan Controversies
  • Foundation for Building a Good Parenting Plan
    • Methods to Improve Reasoning
  • Scientific Evidence Regarding Children of Divorce
    • Research
    • What Influences Children’s Well-Being?
    • Children of Divorce
    • Shared/Joint Parenting
    • Parenting Plan Considerations
  • Very Young Children
    • Attachment
    • Research on Overnight Visits
    • Criticisms, Commentaries, and Progress toward Consensus
    • Additional Parenting Plan Considerations
    • Trying to Make Sense of Complex Case Information
  • Domestic Violence
    • Assessment
    • Parenting Plan Considerations
  • Other Marital Conflict
    • Marital Conflict
    • Protecting Children from Conflict and Promoting Healthy Contact with Parents
    • Parenting Plan Considerations
  • Children’s Mental Health and Special Needs
    • General Principles
    • ADHD
    • Conduct Disorders
    • Depressive and Anxiety Disorders
    • Specific Learning Disorders
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
    • Court-Involved Therapy
  • Parental Mental Health and Related Problems
    • Common Adult Mental Health Problems
    • Assessment
    • Parenting Plan Applications
  • Parental Alienation and Gatekeeping
    • Overview of Parental Alienation
    • Research
    • Intervention Research
    • Gatekeeping
    • Parenting Plan Applications
  • Relocation
    • Relocation Factors
    • Practicalities of Residential Moves
    • Research
    • Additional Parenting Plan Considerations
  • Nontraditional Families
    • Gay and Lesbian Parents
    • Never-Married Parents
    • Implications for Parenting Plans
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
    • Child Abuse Investigations
    • Heterogeneity of Abuse and Neglect, Recidivism, and Rehabilitation
    • Parenting Plan Applications
  • Practical Considerations
    • Reports of Parenting History
    • Remarriage
    • Decision-Making
    • Child Safety
    • Children Going between Households
    • Child-Focused Calendars
    • Communication between Parents
    • Interviewing Children
    • Individual and Family Therapy
    • Parenting Plan Components
  • Schedule-Focused Practical Considerations
    • Prepared Schedule Templates
    • Family Circumstances
    • How Much to Share and Exchange Children
    • Restrictions on Parenting Time
    • Integrating Basic, Holiday, and Vacation Schedules
    • Provisions for Future Parenting Plans
  • Age-Appropriate Parenting Schedules
    • Child Age, Development, and Individual Factors
    • Parenting Schedule Examples
      • Very Young Children
      • Middle Childhood
      • Adolescents
    • Appendix: Assertion/Information Worksheet
    • Appendix: Airplane Travel for Unaccompanied Children
      • Newspaper Article
      • Safety Tips
      • Airline Policies
      • “When Kids Fly Alone”
    • Appendix: Parenting Plan Legal Criteria

Comments and Reviews for Parenting Plans:

Too often, lawyers, judges, and mental health experts approach parenting plans as a routine, cookie-cutter exercise—either every other weekend or 50/50. In his new ABA-published book, Parenting Plans: Meeting the Challenges with Facts and Analysis, Dr. Daniel Hynan charts a more sensible approach. Drawing from psychology’s literature, his expertise in the interview and testing elements of child custody evaluations, and his broad experience working with children and families of divorce, Dr. Hynan shows how to craft workable schedules that can meet children’s needs and help families move forward after the case ends. Parenting Plans fairly discusses the psychological literature of several key, often contentious, issues that complicate cases. Summary points at the end of each chapter provide a convenient synopsis of the chapter’s key issues and useful tools to sharpen deposition or examination questions of experts. And the book’s last chapter discusses, with examples and calendars, the rationales of various age-appropriate parenting plans that lawyers and judges may consider. Whether your case is in litigation, mediation, or settlement talks, Parenting Plans is a valuable resource for lawyers and judges when they consider parenting schedules that will meet the children’s best interests. Get it.

John A. Zervopoulos, PhD, JD, ABPP
PsychologyLaw Partners
Author, Confronting Mental Health Evidence: A Practical PLAN to Examine Experts and Reliability in Family Law, 2nd Ed.

The highest praises an expert evaluator can hear are that their work is balanced, nuanced, and thorough.  This book earns these descriptors!  Hynan organizes around the parenting plan task and demonstrates how social policy and scientific research inform decisions about the numerous practical problems evaluators face.  Hynan has the ability to navigate complex issues that complicate cases and the acumen to systematically view things individually, when necessary, or in combination, when reality requires it.  This book provides extraordinary insight into the evaluator’s conceptual tools and the analytic processes the best experts must master. Invaluable as a guide and reference book for those who are (or wish to be) sophisticated evaluators!

Milfred D. Dale, Ph.D., J.D., Family Law Attorney and Psychologist
Board of Directors, AFCC and Reviewing Editor, Family Law Quarterly


In his book, Parenting Plans: Meeting the Challenges with Facts and Analysis, Dr.  Daniel Hynan keenly observes how bias, confusion and misinformation often contaminate child custody matters. As a practicing lawyer and long- time observer of how family court judges wield King Solomon’s sword, I welcome Dr. Hynan’s clinical insights and the science he brings to this emotional subject. The information is particularly timely considering the national debate on the propriety of shared child custody. I will never approach another child placement matter without this well researched reference book in hand. It should be a regular resource for lawyers, child representatives and family court judges everywhere.

Steven N. Peskind
Attorney at Law
Author, One Hundred Days Before Trial: A Family Lawyer’s Guide to Preparation and Strategy