Lying in Family Court

Written by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. © 2008 High Conflict Institute

One of the biggest surprises is the extent of lying in Family Court: lies about income, assets and even complete fabrications of child abuse and domestic violence. Why do people lie so much? How did they get away with it?

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The Wounds of Conflict

Written by Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D.

There’s been a great deal of publicity lately about the negative impact of divorce on children. This research, by Dr. Judith Wallerstein, has highlighted a small group of children who have shown ongoing problems many years after the divorce of their parents. She indicates that children of divorce are at higher risk than children who grow up in non-divorced homes.While there is a statistical difference between the continued functioning of these children, other research suggests that the majority of all children adjust reasonably well and have few problems in life.

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Use Of Therapy in Divorce and Custody

Uses of Therapy in Divorce

Therapy can save money, reduce trauma and help avoid bad decisions in divorce. The following are some ways that therapy can be used (and misused):

Deciding to Divorce

Many people feel frustrated in their marriages, but are unsure about divorce. Before making such an important decision, I strongly encourage people to participate in at least 12 weeks of couples counseling — or individual counseling if necessary.

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The So-Called High-Conflict Couple: A Closer Look

The American Journal of Family Therapy, 32:101–117, 2004 Copyright © Taylor & Francis, Inc.
ISSN: 0192-6187 print / 1521-0383 online
DOI: 10.1080/01926180490424217

Written by Michael Friedman

This article examines the concept of the high-conflict post-divorce couple. It is suggested that the use of this concept encourages the belief that post-divorce conflict is more or less equally the responsibility of both parties, whereas such conflict is often driven by one parent. The understanding of unilaterally driven post-divorce conflict has important implications for constructive intervention and for public policy.

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Personality Traits of Parents And Developmental Needs of Children in High-Conflict Families

© Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D.

Many families do not fit patterns of domestic violence, yet they experience a high degree of conflict. Many high-conflict families may experience intermittent outbursts of anger or violence. Even when they do not exhibit violent patterns, these families are so conflicted that they routinely go back to court to solve what should be relatively simple problems.

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