Educating the Court about High-Conflict Personalities

Educating the Court about High-Conflict Personalities


Session 3 of the series Dealing with High-Conflict People in Separation, Divorce & CoParenting

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Session 3 – Educating the Court about High-Conflict Personalities

In Session 3, Bill Eddy discusses the difficulties faced by the courts to get a full understanding of a case in the brief time they have with each family. This session helps you understand the most effective way to present information about high-conflict personalities to the court. 

Approximately 30 minutes.

About the Series - click on each to read more and purchase

Session 1 – High Conflict Separation & Divorce Basics
The basics about what makes a case “high conflict” and how to prepare yourself.

Session 2 – Managing Your Case When You Don’t Have an Attorney
This session provides information about managing your high-conflict separation or divorce when you do not have an attorney representing you. These are difficult to navigate without an attorney, so you will need to be prepared with a clear strategy.

Session 3 – Educating the Court about High-Conflict Personalities
It can be difficult for courts to get a full understanding of a case in the brief time they have with each family. This session helps you understand the most effective way to present information about high-conflict personalities to the court.

Session 4 – How to Handle False Accusations
False accusations often accompany high-conflict cases. This session helps you prepare for and respond to them.

Session 5 – How to Help My Child if I Am Concerned or a Court Has Determined that He/She Has Been Abused
The way you deal with your child is very important, in terms of not appearing to influence your child, while also supporting your child and getting professional assistance.

Session 6 – Managing Your Relationship with a High-Conflict Co-Parent
Having a manageable relationship with a high-conflict co-parent is imperative for the best interests of your children. This session provides you with tools and techniques to best manage that relationship.

Session 7 – Managing Relationships with Your Children During & After a High-Conflict Divorce or Separation
Kids are sometimes used as weapons or leverage in high-conflict cases and may have turned against one parent. This session gives you the tools that you can use to manage the relationship without fighting it out in court.

Session 8 – Should I Request a Custody Evaluation?
A custody evaluation may or may not be the best option in your case. This session helps you determine whether to request one or not.

Session 9 – Types of Custody & Access (Visitation/Parenting Time) Arrangements, and Requesting Supervised Visits
This session explain various types of custody and parenting time arrangements that are in the best interests of the children, and helps you determine whether to request supervised visits or not.

Session 10 – For Grandparents: Having & Managing Relationships with an Adult Child and Grandchildren When the Other Parent is High-Conflict
This session is specifically for grandparents who experience difficulties having a relationship with their grandchildren or an adult child due to a high-conflict parent.

Session 11 – Preventing Your Child from Developing High-Conflict Behaviors from the Other Parent’s Influence
This session offers steps you can take yourself to keep your children from developing high-conflict behaviors.

Session 12 – When to go to Court and When to Handle It Yourself
Knowing when an issue requires court intervention or not can be confusing. This session offers guidance when making this decision.

Session 13 – Best Use of Parent Coordinators, and Educating Parent Coordinators About High-Conflict Personalities
In jurisdictions that use Parenting Coordinators, knowing when and how to utilize their services and how to educate them about high-conflict personalities is helpful.

About the series

The series is for separating or divorcing parents, and for professionals who want to know more about the most important issues that parents deal with in high-conflict divorce and separation, and co-parenting with a high-conflict parent.

In this digital audio series, Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., co-founder of the High Conflict Institute, discusses 13 of the most important issues that parents deal with in high-conflict divorce, separation and when co-parenting with a high-conflict parent. Based on the “High-Conflict Personality” theory he developed, he discusses a subset of the 5 personality disorders that drive high-conflict people, including Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Paranoid Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder, and Antisocial Personality Disorder.

These sessions help you understand what’s going on in the other person’s mind and how to manage the relationship during and after the divorce or separation and as a co-parent. Information is provided on how to do the opposite of what you’re used to doing and what you “feel” like doing – a must when dealing with a high-conflict person. Financial info (child support & asset division) is included, along with info for grandparents.

This series is for parents, grandparents and other family members and focuses on issues that arise in high-conflict separation, divorce, child custody and co-parenting disputes, and helps you with on-going relationship management with a high-conflict co-parent and with your children.


Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and co-founder of the High Conflict Institute. He developed the “High Conflict Personality” theory (HCP Theory) and has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders. He provides training on this subject to lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France and Sweden.

As an attorney, Bill is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California and the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1992, he was a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years and he is on the part-time faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and the National Judicial College.

He is also the developer of the New Ways for Families method of managing potentially high conflict families in and out of family court, and Parenting Without Conflict online parenting course for separating and divorcing parents.