My question involves a child custody case from the State of: AK
For lack of a better idea where to put this question, I'm putting it here in this thread. If it belongs elsewhere, please redirect it
My question is this: I work in a small child psychiatric clinic and as a result we often get requests from one parent/family member/social worker to have us see the child while there is a custody battle raging. We do not like to take cases like these as we usually get stuck in the middle and our Psychiatrist is liable to get pulled into court, restricting his ability to care for the other patients in the clinic, not to mention we and/or the child are usually getting fed misinformation about the other party involved in the case.
I need help phrasing a disclaimer on our website/patient agreement form explaining that we may not be able to take a child depending on the severity of the legal issues at stake. I do not know enough to write one easy enough to understand by the common person while still covering all avenues to keep us protected in the event that we see a child without knowing beforehand that there is a legal issue present. If we see a child for any number of visits onto learn later that, say, the mother is fighting against the bio dad for custody and has been insisting that the father is not fit to parent, (though we have never met the father and the child is either too young, confused or otherwise incapable of forming a decision due to mental complications), we would probably opt to drop the parent and child until after the legal problems are resolved. I need to have something that the parent signed explaining that we are within our rights to drop the case if it comes to a situation where we are being used as a weapon against another parent or guardian in a legal battle.
I hope this makes sense, I can certainly try to explain it better if that is not the case. Thanks!