Family and Matrimonial Law.
Lisa Fischel-Wolovick is an attorney, social worker, author, and consultant who has practiced in Family Law for thirty years.
She has litigated hundreds of cases including custody, visitation, support,
and all issues related to the distribution of marital property in the Family and Supreme Courts,
with a particular emphasis on protecting the rights of battered women.
Her practice also encompasses consultation and training of attorneys,
mental health professionals, and the courts on the impact of domestic violence and trauma, during litigation.
The focus of
Traumatic Divorce and Separation: The Impact of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse in Custody and Divorce
is on separating families, married or unmarried, impacted by domestic violence, trauma,
and the related problems of mental illness and substance abuse. The problems of these families are not readily identified
by the legal system. These at-risk families challenge the legal system and mental health professionals.
Their problems are not readily ameliorated as the legal system’s approach to such vulnerable families
during litigation frequently fails to recognize the traumatic nature of their problems
and is unable to protect them from the long-term impact of abuse.
The book is an invaluable resource for professionals and academics in social work, forensic psychology,
law, and related mental health fields, as well as academics interested in gender based discrimination in
the courts. It integrates the conflicting mental health perspectives
concerning trauma theory and the study of divorce, in what Ms. Fischel-Wolovick has termed
"traumatic divorce" -- that is, divorce complicated by the high-risk factors of domestic violence,
mental illness, and/or substance abuse. The text's interdisciplinary discussion examines issues
of financial disparities for women following divorce, traumatic symptoms in children and adults,
and the legal controversies about the admissibility of psychological theories related to abuse.
She also addresses domestic violence as a gendered crime against women; the need for a
trauma-informed judicial response; and the need for a systemic judicial response that incorporates
an understanding of domestic violence and child maltreatment to provide services and protections.
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Lisa Fischel-Wolovick, Esq.
5911 Riverdale Ave., Riverdale, New York 10471
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