July 2018 – High conflict cases

While this was an extreme and rare case where a high conflict matter involved a person who was extremely unstable and capable of committing horrific crimes, plenty of more ordinary cases involve significant conflict.

Most of these cases are not news-worthy, but they do consume the lives of those involved and can specifically have an extreme impact on the children caught in the middle.

Additionally, the conflict doesn’t always end when the court case ends. When there are children between the parties, they have to deal with one another until the children are grown, and the unresolved conflict continues, or even gets worse, over time.

There is a certain amount of conflict in any divorce or parenting dispute, but how do you know if your case would be classified as a “high conflict” case?

My blogs this month will answer that question and more.

First, we will identify what constitutes a high conflict case, and then go through the process of dealing with the high conflict case from classes for those in high conflict situations to how a final order can help to mitigate the conflict.

Along the way, we will identify some specific issues that regularly come up in high conflict cases and how to best present your evidence to the court.

Divorce is never easy, especially for the children involved. Cases with significant conflict are even more difficult for all involved and have the potential for extreme consequences if they spiral out of control.

In most cases, the parties are not patently unreasonable and combative as one may assume; however, possibly due to the circumstances of their case, as least one of the parties is currently behaving in an unreasonable manner.

It is far easier than you may imagine to find yourself in a high conflict parenting dispute. In fact, the majority of clients I see involved in these matters are ordinary people who are going through an extremely difficult and stressful time in their lives.

If you, a friend or a loved one are involved in a high conflict divorce or parenting dispute, I strongly encourage you to give one of the experienced attorneys at Owens & Perkins a call. If you would like to schedule a free 30 minute initial consultation, please call the office at (480) 630-2464.