WORK GROUP TO STUDY CHILD CUSTODY COURT PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING CHILD ABUSE OR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ALLEGATIONS

Chair: John C. Wobensmith, Secretary of State

Appointed by Governor: Camille Cooper; Buffy Giddens, Esq.; Paul G. Griffin, Esq.; Sonia D. Hinds; Anne Hoyer; Inga James, Ph.D.; Joyce R. Lombardi, Esq.; Ruby R. Parker; Claudia M. Remington, Esq.; Laurence Anne Ruth, Esq.; Jennifer A. Shaw, Psy.D.; Nenutzka C. Villamar; one vacancy.

Appointed by Senate President: Mary Beth Carozza; Susan C. Lee.

Appointed by House Speaker: Vanessa E. Atterbeary; Jazz M. Lewis.

Ex officio: Paul B. DeWolfe, Jr., Public Defender

Staff: Jennifer K. Botts; Heather M. Marchione; Jennifer L. Young.


[photo, Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle (from Bladen St.), Annapolis, Maryland] c/o Department of Legislative Services
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Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle (from Bladen St.), Annapolis, Maryland, July 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


In June 2019, the Work Group to Study Child Custody Court Proceedings Involving Child Abuse or Domestic Violence Allegations was formed by the General Assembly (Chapter 52, Acts of 2019).

The Work Group studied court processes followed when allegations of child abuse or domestic violence are made during child custody court proceedings. Further, the Work Group considered best practices, and science-based, trauma-informed decisionmaking for children in traumatic situations. Finally, the Work Group made recommendations on how State courts could incorporate the latest science into court proceedings involving the safety and well-being of children and other victims of domestic violence.

Authorization for the Work Group ended November 30, 2020.

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