Questions and Answers Regarding Introduction of Scientific Evidence in New York Family Court

August 20, 2009

The significant and well-documented public misunderstanding, stigma, and cultural myth
surrounding drug use and addiction, particularly in the context of pregnancy and
parenting, strongly suggests the need for expert testimony to clarify these issues to the
court and to ensure diligent representation and zealous advocacy on behalf of the parties
involved.

This legal memo establishes the rules of evidence which should be used in court and provides resources and arguments to insist that real science is presented in court.

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