The International Conference on Shared Parenting features presentations from great minds in support of shared parenting.
The conference is still very young, having been established in 2014. Despite its youth, the conference is bringing to light important points in family law, developmental psychology, and parenting implications.
The conference features a number of professionals that conduct or study research based around shared parenting.
It has already attracted reputable figures in the field, such as Dr. Michael Lamb, to address a variety of issues.
If you’re ever at a loss on what may be best for your children, I recommend simply reading up on the conference presentations. They will provide a lot of information for a parent at any stage of a separation or custody dispute.
If you can’t seem to find any of the presentations, then that’s ok too. I’ve got you covered. Dr.Michael Lamb is a leading figure in developmental psychology and is considered the “father” of fatherhood research according to the international conference on shared parenting. Here is a meta-analysis on a few of his views. From here you can read what is best for your child in certain topics.
Quick Tip: For further reading, look to the references.
Once becoming familiarized with Dr. Lamb’s work, you can utilize google to search for other presenters from the conference to see what they bring to the conversation. You can utilize the conference almost like a tree with the conference being the trunk of the tree that branches off into many different avenues for self-education.
I cannot stress self-education enough while proceeding through a separation or custody dispute.
Do not assume that a judge or lawyer knows what is best for your child. Your lawyer, judge, or hearing officer is trained in the world of law, not psychology. While they do have great experience in their field, they may lack the knowledge to make an effective decision for your child’s best interest. They will do what is best in the eyes of the law.
The courts lack of training in psychology is why they turn towards outside sources for advice. These outside sources are usually trained in developmental psychology. However, I would still highly suggest educating yourself on the matter. Just because one holds a Ph.D and is an expert in a field does not mean they know everything. Even more so, they are human just like the rest of us, and mistakes can be made. By educating yourself, you will be able to effectively argue for your child’s best interest.
So, don’t be afraid to speak up if you have concerns. Just make sure to be classy. never trashy. Do not degrade the views of others simply because they differ from your own. Simply state your case and show the evidence supporting your stance.
My statements are general and I would like you to take them with a grain of salt. I am not trained in the world of law so I cannot say for certain that every law program does not acknowledge developmental research. Furthermore, your lawyer, judge, or hearing officer may have gone the extra mile and educated themselves on the topics of developmental psychology to better serve the child’s best interest.
It is simply my recommendation that you utilize resources such as the international conference on shared parenting to educate yourself. Knowledge is power, so they say. By becoming knowledgeable on the current research in developmental psychology, you are empowering yourself to give your child a much better life.
This year (2017), the conference was held in Boston, MA and the theme was “Shared Parenting Research: A Watershed in Understanding Children’s Best Interest”.
Both organizations are great resources to educate yourself in the field of developmental psychology and current family law happenings. I would highly recommend becoming familiar with one of the websites if not both.
Remember, educate yourself. It’s not the expert’s children that are at risk, it’s your own.