Dr. Eric Frazer: A Trailblazer in Child-Centered Family LawSeptember 15, 2017
When you first meet Dr. Eric Frazer, one thing is clear: he is passionate about and dedicated to helping children, parents, and professionals involved in the family court process. The Children’s Law Center of Connecticut has been lucky enough to benefit from Dr. Frazer’s knowledge and support over the years through his many professional trainings on challenging family law topics and free access to Child Custody Analytics, the online program he co-founded to help attorneys through complex family court matters.
Dr. Frazer is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in Forensic Psychology, and his resume does not end there: among many other professional accomplishments, he has more than 16 years of experience conducting psychological evaluations, co-founded Child Custody Analytics, holds a part-time faculty position at Yale Medical School, and regularly provides trainings to the CT Bar Association and other legal and professional groups.
Dr. Frazer was first introduced to CLC several years ago when we asked for his help with forensic evaluations for our clients. “It was an opportunity to do positive work for clients, but it was also a great way for me to learn more about [CLC] and the important services you provide—legal representation, mediation, and more.” He added that CLC’s mission resonated with him, as we hold child-centered values at the core of our work.
Since that initial ask for help with evaluations, CLC is grateful to have had Dr. Frazer return to our offices for many trainings not only for our staff, but also for other attorneys and mental health professionals in the family law field. His trainings focus on the most challenging topics and psycholegal intersections that professionals face, such as substance abuse and access schedules, coercion and domestic violence, and relocation. Dr. Frazer is enthusiastic about the trainings, which give him an opportunity to bring together legal topics with psychological research. He states, “the intersection between psychological issues and the law brings lots of challenges, and these trainings help work to bridge that gap.” He strives to make these trainings more than just lectures and structures them to be multi-disciplinary discussions and collaborations about the toughest issues professionals tackle in the family law discipline.
Dr. Frazer also provides a great resource to CLC and the rest of the international family law professional community through his company Child Custody Analytics, providing attorneys with expert child custody and psychological information they need to provide solutions to those complicated issues. After being involved in family law cases for many years as evaluators, co-parenting specialists, and mediators, he and co-founder Dr. Linda Smith believed that there needed to be a way to democratize access to expert child custody information and relevant psychological information without having to hire an expert. Child Custody Analytics walks attorneys through each step of a case: case planning, gathering information and evidence, court preparation, settlement, and, if need be, litigation.
Through all of this work, Dr. Frazer strives to help keep custody other issues child-centered and non-adversarial. He has observed how emotional family conflict is for everyone involved, and realizes how common it for divorcing parents to struggle with managing emotions. “By giving parents and attorneys research-informed information, it can make the process less emotional, better for the children, and help them preserve a sense of family, even as a divorced family.”
“I’m privileged to be a part of the CLC family,” he noted. “The organization has a tireless effort to focus on families within family law. You’re constantly coming up with innovative solutions, doing better work, and disseminating your success for the good of the greater family law community.” We are humbled by and grateful for Dr. Frazer’s kind words, and know that we would not be able to make the same advances without his continuous, vital support.