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Cultural and Religious Factors Affecting Custody Evaluations

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Produced on May 06, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 31m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

This program will help practitioners understand and manage the religious and cultural issues that may arise in a custody matter, including the applicable law and recent court decisions. Taught by a matrimonial attorney and forensic psychologist, this course will discuss both the legal and mental health concerns and perspectives involved, as well as the weight that the court and forensic evaluator give to these factors in custody evaluations.

The presenters will also introduce fact patterns and use these factors to analyze the important considerations and potential outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the type of religious and cultural conflicts that may arise during a divorce and custody proceeding
  2. Navigate these issues in the the context of the legal system
  3. Review best practices for advising clients in a contested proceeding on their rights and responsibilities with regards to religious or cultural practices and custody arrangements

Credit Information

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Martin Friedlander

Martin Friedlander, P.C.

As an attorney, Martin E. Friedlander has practiced family and matrimonial law for over twenty-five years, he started his career working for Jeffrey S. Sunshine, Esq., when he was in private practice.  He is currently the principal of Martin Friedlander, PC, with offices in Midtown Manhattan. Mr. Friedlander has been co- chairman of the Family Law Section of the Brooklyn Bar Association and is a member of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, as well as a member of its board of directors, and the AFCC. Mr. Friedlander has lectured extensively at AFCC conferences and has given numerous CLE courses including topics on “The Laws of Surveillance”, “Laws of Arbitration as it Applies to Rabbinical Courts” and custody, domestic violence and sexual abuse related topics.

Mr. Friedlander has handled hundreds of cases through trial and settlement. Mr. Friedlander has appeared regularly with Clients before Supreme Court, Family Court, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Department Appellate Division and the Court of Appeals.

He has also appeared before Rabbinical Courts and has handled the confirmation process as well as Motions to Disaffirm in Supreme Court. Mr. Friedlander is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School. He has received a degree in Advanced Talmudic Law from Yeshiva Torah Vodath. Mr. Friedlander’s charitable work includes his involvement with Project Witness, Holocaust remembrance project, as well as for Yichud, an organization assisting children with special needs. Mr. Friedlander has also founded Yashar, an organization promoting healthy conflict resolutions methods.

Mr. Friedlander has been published in the New York Law Journal.


Dr. Joseph Weinreb has been a psychologist for over 40 years. For 33 years, he worked as a school psychologist in various Long Island School Districts, rising to the position of Chief Psychologist for the Syosset School District, where he supervised 20 PhD psychologists and social workers and was responsible for overseeing the mental health and special educational needs of 7500 students.

As Dr. Weinreb was transitioning into doing child custody evaluations for Family Court, he completed a postdoctoral certificate in forensic psychology at St. John’s University, in a program certified by the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Weinreb has presented at different international conferences and has also provided a previous webinar. He has also served as an adjunct professor on both the college and graduate levels.

Presently, he maintains a full-time practice of forensic psychology, psychotherapy, and psychological testing.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Queens County Psychological Association.


Courtney H.

Very interesting.

Russ R.

Excellent presentation. One of the best in your catalog.

kim b.

very informative, lot of info I can use in my practice

Melissa c.

I liked having both sides legal/psychological involved.

David B. M.

Very well presented and reasonably thorough.

W. Darin L.

Well presented. Interesting.

Vicki B.

Not an area that I practice in but very interesting and well-presented.

Jennifer H.

Great combination of physiological and legal perspectives. Very knowledgeable. Good application of real life cases and experiences that I can apply to help my clients. Excellent program.

Terrel T.

Thank you

Malcolm W.

Very interesting l. Particularly the section on bias

Bethanni F.

Very useful information that I will be using during my next custody hearing especially concerning the religious expert and the bias of evaluator.

Rebecca R.

Very informative and enjoyable.

Judith H.

Great course and information!

John G.

Could have gone much longer. There was a lot of material for the time.

Deborah B.

Very interesting

Kristen W.

I appreciated he objectivity with which the presenters approached the subject.

Christopher S.

Good topic and good presenters

Steve H.

Very thorough treatment

Lisa C.

Great speakers. Like having a conversation.

Adam B.


Khristine M.

This was absolutely my favorite lecture.

Anna R.

Very knowledgeable presenters.

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