Contested Custody and Forensic Reports in New York
Reality often seems to take a walk during the heat of a bitter custody battle. In January, a prominent neurosurgeon tried to take a walk with a court report concerning his children—and was arrested.
Dr. Eric Braverman is a well-known Manhattan surgeon, radio personality and author of anti-aging books. Wisely or not, Dr. Braverman is representing himself in a custody case involving his three sons with his third wife.
As in many litigated custody matters, a forensic report was prepared to assist the court in making a ruling about where the Braverman children should reside and which parent is to provide custodial care. Darya Braverman alleges Dr. Braverman improperly medicates their children when in his care.
A forensic custody report is a weighty document. The report contains psychological evaluations of parents and children, statements of witnesses and other facts gathered by the investigator. In New York, courts can limit handling and review of the final report by parties to the case. Better access to forensic custody reports by the parties in New York is the topic of recently introduced legislation.
According to law enforcement, Dr. Braverman and an attorney from his health clinic were arrested on January 24 after the following incident:
- Dr. Braverman visited the courtroom where he had been given permission by the judge to review the forensic report in his case. He was instructed not to remove or copy the file.
- A court clerk supervising the review observed the attorney who accompanied Dr. Braverman try to place the report in her purse.
- Dr. Braverman and the attorney were arrested on charges of tampering with records and contempt of court.
Child custody matters require responsive, aggressive legal representation. Do not go it alone in New York. When you need a skilled attorney to fight for your parenting rights, call me at Bryan L. Salamone and Associates, P.C.