Dr. Grossman has been a member on the panel of Child custody Evaluators for the Orange County Family Law Court since its inception in 2002. She also serves on the panel for Juvenile Court. She has worked with hundreds of high conflict divorce cases.
Child Custody Evaluations
The focus of my evaluation is to find a positive solution for families in conflict; one that meets the children’s best interests. Each family situation is unique and each child has individual needs that must be addressed. My priority is to make sure children have a safe and secure environment to share their concerns, and that the experience is as comfortable for them as possible. I am happy to explain the process of the evaluation to you.
Even though parents may divorce, their children are in their lives forever, and they need their parents to make good decisions for them. My goal is to help parents devise an effective strategy to work as “business partners” in the business of raising their children. You will learn tools to communicate, even if you have had difficulty doing so in the past. We will focus on tools to negotiate and find solutions for your children, making sure to keep them out of the "middle". They need, and love, both of you.
This role is a quasi-judicial appointment by the court to help parents make decisions when they cannot agree. Ideally, parents are the best people to decide what is best for their children, and as a Special Master, I will help mediate to come to consensus. When that is not possible, I will examine the problem and render my professional opinion, based on my expertise in child development. The main goal of this service is to keep parents out of the courtroom whenever possible.
Therapeutic Services in Divorce
I work with adults and children to help them navigate the difficult phases of divorce. This major life stressor brings many unanticipated feelings and experiences, and the goal is to transition to a new phase of life with a sense of hopefulness and resilience.
Mediation and Education
Utilizing my skills and expertise in child development, I help answer questions and resolve problems as parents help their children cope with divorce. In the midst of conflict, children can be caught in the middle, and relationships with one or both parents can become damaged. Early intervention can help parents act in their children’s best interests before, during, and after divorce.
Divorce is stressful for all members of the family. With compassionate and knowledgeable guidance, it can become a transition that need not leave emotional scars.