Philip Stahl

Philip Stahl PhD

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Philip Stahl PhD


Dr. Stahl is a forensic psychologist in private practice, living in Maricopa County, AZ, who conducts child custody evaluations and provides consultation and expert witness testimony in child custody litigation throughout the United States. His current area of specialty is relocation cases, including complex international relocations. Dr. Stahl is licensed in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Michigan, and has held temporary licensure in many other states. He has conducted trainings throughout the United States and internationally for attorneys, child custody evaluators, and others working with high-conflict families of divorce. He has presented workshops for judges throughout the United States and is on the faculty of National Judicial College and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

As a former Board member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, he was on the task force that drafted AFCC’s “Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation”. He was a member of the American Bar Association Wingspread Task Force on High Conflict Families in 2000. Dr. Stahl is on the Editorial Review Board of AFCC’s journal. Along with his teaching, Dr. Stahl has written extensively on various issues in high-conflict divorce and custody evaluations. He is the author of Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: From Basic to Advanced Issues, (Sage Publications, 2010) and Parenting After Divorce, 2nd Edition (Impact Publishers, 2008), and is the co-editor of Relocation Issues in Child Custody Cases (Haworth Press, 2006). Dr. Stahl received AFCC’s President’s Award in 2000. His child custody evaluation was cited by the California Supreme Court in its landmark decision modifying 8 years of relocation case law following Burgess (In re Marriage of LaMusga (2004) 32 Cal.4th 1072, 12 Cal.Rptr.3d 356, 88 P.3d 81).

His forthcoming publications include a chapter on Parenting Evaluations in Weiner and Otto, Handbook of Forensic Psychology, 4th Edition,  “Emerging Issues in Relocation” to be published in the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and, with Dr. Robert Simon, he is awaiting publication of Forensic Psychology Consultation in Child Custody Litigation: A Handbook for Work Product Review, Case Preparation, and Expert Testimony, to be published shortly by the American Bar Association Section of Family Law.


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