Although almost 50% of marriages end in divorce, experts tell us that only 5% of separated couples ever end up litigating against each other in a courtroom. For some divorced couples, the acrimony and hostility are so bitter that their court cases only come to an end when their children reach adulthood. In the family law world, these are called "high conflict cases", and they are unquestionably the most toxic and bitter disputes in the entire justice system. What is it about some separated parents that they just can't stop fighting? How does the court system deal with these cases? Is there a better way to help high conflict parents make peace instead of war? Join Justice Brownstone and his expert guests as they tackle one of the most difficult and frustrating aspects of family law: high conflict parents.
Dr. Richard Warshak - Author of Divorce Poison - Psychologist
A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Warshak is a clinical, research, and consulting psychologist, Clinical Professor of psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of the Editorial Board of three professional journals.
Dr. Richard Warshak's groundbreaking research, trenchant challenges to gender stereotypes, and passionate advocacy for children have made him one the world's most respected authorities on divorce, child custody, and the psychology of alienated children. As a White House consultant, and through his writing, speeches, legislative and courtroom testimony, videos, and workshops, Dr. Warshak has had a profound impact on the law and well-being of families where parents live apart from each other.
Since 1977 Dr. Warshak has examined assumptions and practices in family law in the light of logic and scientific data. His studies on father and mother custody, remarriage, relocation, parenting plans for young children, the approximation rule, children's preferences in custody disputes, and parental alienation appear in 13 books, more than 65 articles, and more than 100 presentations, and are cited often in the professional literature and in case law and legislatures throughout the world. His most recent work is a law review article analyzing judicial discretion, the best-interest standard, and alternative custody presumptions. Dr. Warshak has delivered keynote speeches throughout the U.S., in four Canadian provinces, in Germany, and in Israel.
Howard Hurwitz - Social Worker
Howard Hurwitz is an experienced clinician who specializes in working with high conflict families. His private practice is focussed on helping parents and children reduce conflict and move on with their lives. He is skilled at identifying sources of conflict and helping parents develop pathways to a less conflictual post separation/divorce relationship. Howard has an MSW and over 31 years experience in various child welfare, children's mental health and family service agencies. He is also on the social work panel for the Office of the Children's Lawyer. He is the creator and chairperson of the High Conflict Forum which is a community based network of judges, lawyers, mental health professionals and child welfare staff from more than 30 agencies, serving high conflict families experiencing a separation/divorce. Howard is frequently called upon to provide consultation to other professionals around working with high conflict families.