In light of the foregoing discussion, Austin (2011) offers the following suggestions to custodyevaluators for considering the issue of gatekeeping:• Assess past patterns of involvement by each parent.

• Assess the type of gatekeeping that occurred during the marriage and separation.

• Distinguish between gatekeeping attitudes and behaviors.

• Determine if the restrictive gatekeeping attitudes seem to reflect short-term and litigation-related distress, or if they are likely to become part of a pattern of enduring conflict and entrenched gatekeeping behaviors.

• Ascertain if the parents can see value in the other parent despite their negative attitudes and feelings towards their ex-partner, and whether they can compartmentalize feelings fromco-parenting behaviors.

• Be mindful that litigating parties’ reports of gatekeeping behaviors may be distorted and exaggerated.

• Look for corroborative collateral data to confirm gatekeeping behaviors.

• If there are restrictive gatekeeping attitudes and/or behaviors, do the data show they are justifiable?

• Expect to see protective gatekeeping in cases involving allegations of intimate partner violence.

• Distinguish between protective gatekeeping and unjustified gate-closing behaviors.

Author: Linda Turner

Coaching and Therapy Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy. Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist. REIKI Master. I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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