The competences of forensic psychology in the psycosocial evaluation of families in conflict

This text deals with the discussion of family conflicts, specially the destructive divorce, under the perspective of Forensic Psychology. We aimed at deepening the knowledge about the modus operandi of Forensic Psychology, of the interrelation of the Psychology and law professionals, of the complex decisions involving this subject, besides focusing on the characteristics of the processes which legislate on families in situation of violence. After a brief passage by the historical construction of the psychologist action in Justice, we comment on the separation of husband and wife which involves great disputes and which only has possibilities of agreement in the judicial context. We point to the need to work in order to preserve the best interest of the children and adolescents and to offer an space of affective and conversational continence to ex-married. We deem to be necessary to introduce changes to the academic formation of the psychologist and the law professional and to the Justice conceptions which must be directed to the care and citizenship of persons.

forensic psychology; destructive divorce; marital violence; psychosocial evaluation

Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Social Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (CFCH), Av. da Arquitetura S/N - 7º Andar - Cidade Universitária, Recife - PE - CEP: 50740-550 - Belo Horizonte - MG - Brazil