Presentations at Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 45th Annual Conference Vancouver and 81st Annual Meeting, State Bar of California

The Custody Lawyer as Story Teller

Humans understand the world through storytelling. Lawyers, mediators and evaluators tell the stories that decision makers (parents and judges) use to craft a parenting plan. Effective custody narratives present the facts decision makers need to craft a parenting plan for a specific family, and help frame a new paradigm for the family’s changing relationships. This workshop will take a multidisciplinary look at the powerful role of narrative, and teach professionals how to become better storytellers.

Leslie Ellen Shear, J.D., Encino, CA
Diane M. Goodman, J.D., Encino, CA


CEB Parenting Plan Chapter
Declaration Outline
Family Portraits
Family Portraits
Telling Stories
Storyteller Script
Storyteller Handout