Gatekeeping emerged as a promising framework to assess parenting behaviors and attitudes towards the other parent.  Originally limited to maternal gatekeeping, the concept has expanded to a gender-neutral assessment in both intact and separated families.  Gatekeeping has since been applied to cases involving grandparents, relocation, alienation, violence, child abuse, and shared parenting. In this workshop, we will explore the myths, misconceptions and unanswered questions about the use of gatekeeping and provide a framework for applying gatekeeping in family law cases.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to explore the various ways that parental gatekeeping has been conceptualized
  • Participants will be able to highlight some of the controversies, contextual factors and empirical evidence related to gatekeeping.
  • Participants will be able to explore the legal implications for gatekeeping within the courts.