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These parents were court ordered to involve themselves in a custody evalualion \\1th me.This evaluation concerns their eighteen month old daughter who current Iv resides withthe mother, with weekend visitation available to the falher. I met with Mr. Richardsonon June
for indiVidual hour long diagnosticsessions. In addition I met with him for one hour \\lth his daughter on October 4.1996.I met with Ms. Dombrowski for a two hour consultation session on Julv 10, 1996, asecond two hour consultalion session on September 11,
and a one hour consultation \\ith her daughter on October 4.. 1996. In add ilion I administered the MMPI-ll to bothparents. Further, I have spoken WIth or received reports from Joel Nance, M.D., BernardNobo, MSW, Mrs. Barger, who is Claudine's current counselor, Ms. Fisher who is thechild's current day care provider In addition I have received and reviewed multiple faxesfrom Ms. Dombrowski, numerous police reports concerning the history of violence
this relationship and I have listened to and reViewed a taped telephone conversationprovided to me by
Richardson. That conversation was one between him and Ms.Dombrowski It is on the basis of the above contacts and inforrnation that 1come to myfindings and conclUSIOns.
This was an extraordinanly difficult evalualion to conduct. In part that difficulty arisesfrom the extreme violence whIch has been part of this relationship from nearly thebeginning of their relationship. Further. that difficulty arises. and perhaps pnmarily,from my opinion that neither member of this couple was forthright in their approach tome and to the evaluation. Though it is to be e:-;pected that any parent undergoing such anevaluation Will "put their best foot forward," my assessment of each member of thiScouple IS that they are prone to fabncation and to blamlOg the other for all. or nearlv all.of the problems
provided information~c1L\\:as.fr.a~kJ¥-and-boJdJ~_c.ontI.adjcloJ:y to the inforrnatlon that the other had~SortlOg out where the truth lav in those SltualionS was not posslblt:Each member of thiS couple descnbes their relationship as beginnIng impulsl\ely Eachof them descnbe it as "love at first sight." though they do not both use that verbalization.At the time that they met Mr. Richardson was mamed to hiS first ",ire Almo,tImmedlatelv upon meeting Ms DombrowskI he became intimately involved With herHe \ery qUick Iv. from hiS pOint of View, began to proVIde for her financlallv andemotional I, She descnbes herself as being "sauck olTher feet" by hiS "charrn."
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