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Mental Health Evaluations in Family Law CLE
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When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
4:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Fairfax County Courthouse
4110 Chain Bridge Road
4th Floor Jury Assembly Room
Fairfax, Virginia  22030
United States
Contact: Courtnie Norris
(703) 246-2740

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What They Are and How, When, and Why to Use Them


4:00 – 7:00 PM

Fairfax County Courthouse – 4th Floor Jury Assembly Room

3.0 MCLE Credits (Approved)


$105 FBA Members; $75 FBA Young Lawyers

$150 Non-Members; $120 Non-Member Young Lawyers




The Honorable Penney S. Azcarate, Fairfax County Circuit Court

The Honorable Kimberly J. DanielFairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

Gerald R. Curran, Esq.Partner, Curran Moher Weis

Sandra L. Havrilak, Esq.Principal, The Havrilak Law Firm, P.C.

Dr. Elizabeth (Lisa) Bennett, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Elizabeth (Lisa) Bennett, PhD LLC

Dr. Jennifer L. Marshall, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Marshall Clinical & Forensic Psychology, LLC




I. Introduction of topic and presenters

II. How to get a Mental Health Evaluation 4:00 – 4:30 PM

a. How and why to get one ordered or fight one 
        i. Circuit Court
       ii. Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
b. How to find an expert

III. What is a Mental Health Evaluation? 4:30 – 5:30 PM

a. When to refer
b. Different types of IMEs
c. Competence of Providers (who should and should not perform IMEs)
d. Not covered by insurance
e. Review of methodology and what recommendations can be offered
f. Specialty guildelines
g. Special topics-addiction/drug testing

IV. How to Use the Evaluation 5:30 – 6:45 PM

a. Pretrial Strategy 
b. Use in Court
        i. Evidentiary Issues
       ii. What is (and is not) convincing to the Court

V. Questions: 6:45 – 7:00 PM

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