- Evaluator in cases of contested child custody and timesharing.
- Mediator / Arbitrator regarding child custody parenting plans.
- Expert witness in civil law tort litigation
Dr. Zieman is a clinical psychologist specializing in child, family and educational matters. Since 1998 he has focused on court cases involving children and parents.
Concerning child custody and time sharing after separation or divorce, he performs court-appointed child custody evaluations. He also mediates / arbitrates parent disputes and conducts individual psychological evaluations related to parenting and coparenting.
Dr. Zieman also serves as an expert witness in civil tort cases involving children, families, and schools.
Prior to 1998, Dr. Zieman served as a child and family psychotherapist, school psychologist, family therapist for the U.S. Army, and hospital psychologist. For more information, see About above.
Parents, households, & children are extensively assessed to determine custody & timesharing in the child(ren)’s best interests. Common issues are: parent mental health, spec. needs children, parent relocation, domestic violence, or child abuse.
Psychological evaluations with individual parents are done when the Court appoints Dr. Zieman to assess psychological functioning related to parenting and coparenting.
Mediation / Arbitration
For focused decisions, joint parent mediation is done to reach a decision & write a court-ready agreement. Arbitration, if mediation is unsuccessful, is optional.
To assist the Court in determining fault & compensatory damages, the child(ren) or circumstances are assessed by Dr. Zieman as an expert witness. Common are claims of emotional injury, trauma or long-term treatment needs.