On September 20, 2014, the Family Law Section presented it's 36th Annual Child Custody Colloquium at the Universal City Hilton. The topic of this year's Colloquium was "When a Child Rejects a Parent: Exploring Rejection, Resolution, and Reunification".
One of the most challenging matters in family law is when a child refuses to see a parent. The Colloquium aimed to explore this complex issue and provide helpful resolutions.
This day long event included five different panels. Our distinguished panelists included judicial officers, attorneys, and mental health professionals.
Judge Scott M. Gordon provided an update on the status of family law and the courts.
The film, "Split: Divorce Through Kids' Eyes" was shown, followed by comments from the film's director and award-winning film maker, Ellen Bruno.
A responder panel discussed what we can learn from the children themselves.
The next panel discussed the reasons why children reject their parents and the dynamics involved.
Following a delicious lunch, there was a presentation on interventions in cases of visitation resistance and parental rejection.
In the final panel, judges of the Los Angeles Superior Court, discussed the types of structured and creative orders that can often provide good resolutions.