From Lawlor, in "The National Psychologist":
Similarly, if psychologists become involved in child custody areas, they need to understand the law relating to child custody. The dangers of psychologists getting inadvertently involved in this type of situation have recently been discussed. (See Younggren, The National Psychologist, September/October 2009; and Williams, The National Psychologist, November/December, 2009).
This article is not oriented toward an in-depth discussion of any of these issues. However, it does seem that we as a profession need to systematically train practitioners in this area where, in a variety of ways, the law significantly impacts our practices. Current training is hit or miss.
Psychologists who become sub-specialized in the area of forensic psychology typically have a subset of psychology where they have developed expertise, for example, custody evaluations. In order to do those competently, the psychologist needs to understand the research that underlies that particular area of practice. Similarly, psychologists need to understand the legal statutes, case law and administrative laws of their jurisdictions that impact all of the areas in which they practice.
When Lawlor was quoted in a 2005 Indianapolis Star article about the McGuffey murder-suicide, he said what Edward McGuffey did "was so over the top," rejecting that a father could actually do that to a child. Well it happens almost every day in the United States. Lawlor has NO understanding of domestic violence and violent acts upon children. Fathers are abusing their children, yet they are handed custody of them (if they haven't killed them already), thanks to people like Lawlor. (See more about this on Dastardly Dads).
Hyper-focused Lawlor never practiced his own spiel here and never apparently read Indiana State Code. He never understood that domestic violence and fathers that sexually abuse their children SHOULD be taken into account when considering custody. He apparently does not know anything of the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Association, the National District Attorney's Association, the American Judge's Association, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judge's (pg. 12) studies, discussions and warnings about this. No, he's just your run-of-the-mill hired gun. He did make plenty of money as a Court Whore, testifying mostly on behalf of fathers.
Richard Lawlor, Ph.D., J.D., retired after 35 years as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. He was the director of the psychology internship program for 10 years and chief of the outpatient forensic child psychiatry service for 10 years.
Also see: Dr. Richard Lawlor Worshipped at the Altar of Pedophile-lover Dr. Richard Gardner