Legal Aspects of Participation of a Psychologist as a Specialist in Enforcement of Court Decisions in Parenting Cases (Part I)



The article provides an analysis of scientific sources, normative legal acts, instructive letters of Federal Bailiffs Service of Russia, the position of judges and practices on the execution of enforcement documents related with upbringing of children. A psychologist with the legal status of specialist is to be involved in this category of enforcement proceedings. Based on analysis, problems associated with the imperfection of separate legal norms were identified, as well as Insufficiently thought-over legal design of specialist status in enforcement proceedings were found. The authors make proposals on expanding the list of rights and toughening the responsibility of specialist in enforcement proceedings, as well as the proposal to provide a psychologist with right of making an acquaintance with the conclusion made by a forensic psychological or complex forensic psycho-psychiatric expertise. Based on the position of the judges and the absence of prohibition in carrying out of a special study made by a specialist in the enforcement proceedings, and the existing task for psychologist to evaluate psychological condition of a child, the authors conclude that the psychologist has the right to conduct a psychodiagnostic examination using scientific methods and techniques. The proposed measures to improve the legal norms are aimed to ensure a possibility of full and correct execution of adjudications on legal disputes related with upbringing of a child.

General Information

Keywords: psychologist as a specialist, specialist conclusion, enforcement proceeding, execution of judgments, transfer (confiscation) of a child, order of communication with a child.

Journal rubric: Legal Psychology of Childhood

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Guldan V.V., Sulima O.N., Sukhotin A.A. Legal Aspects of Participation of a Psychologist as a Specialist in Enforcement of Court Decisions in Parenting Cases (Part I) [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2018. Vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 125–137. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2018080210. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Viktor V. Guldan, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of Pathopsychological Laboratory, Forensic Psychiatric Examination Department, State Budgetary Institution of Healthcare in the Moscow region "Central Clinical Psychiatric Hospital", Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Olga N. Sulima, Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil, Copyright and Environmental law, Institute of Economics and Management, Rkhtu im. D. I. Mendeleev, Chairman, bar Association of Moscow "Legal assistance and protection", Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Alexander A. Sukhotin, Director, ANO DPO "Academy of Applied Psychology and Psychotherapy», Senior Lecturer, Department of Pedagogy and Medical Psychology, Institute of Sociology, Psychology and Humanities, First Moscow State Medical University named after I.M. Sechenov, Ministry of Health of Russia, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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