Articles discussing common issues when leaving a relationship with someone who suffers from a personality disorder.
Every case is as individual as the DNA of the parties involved, so it is impossible to tell you exactly what will happen. However, there are a number of patterns or trends which are common to most of these cases.
The Divorce process is generally all about two issues:
- Who gets custody of the children
- Division of the marital assets
By far the most complex of cases are divorces involving personality disordered individuals which include disputes over the custody of minor children. If there are children involved, this generally takes priority in the eyes of most parties and in the eyes of the court. The results of the child custody case will also have some bearing on the financial settlement since the person who is looking after the children is generally considered to need more financial support.
Leaving Checklist - The Leaving Checklist is a list of things to prepare and things to consider before, during and after separating from a person who suffers from a personality disorder.
Finding an Attorney - Finding an attorney who knows how to handle cases involving people who suffer from personality disorders is crucial. This article explores some of the things you should consider if you are looking for an attorney.
Guardian ad litem - A Guardian ad litem is a professional (often an attorney or social worker) appointed by a court to represent a child's interests in a legal proceeding or custody dispute. The Latin term ad litem literally means "for the trial" or "for the proceeding"
Custody Evaluation - A Custody Evaluation is a procedure ordered by a court in a custody case in which a professional is appointed to recommend to the judge which custody arrangement is in the best interest of the minor children.
Psychological Evaluation - A Psychological Evaluation is a procedure, typically carried out as part of a court proceeding, in which a mental health professional is appointed by the court to determine a diagnosis or label for a person's psychology, behavior or personality and to make recommendations which a judge can take into account when making a ruling.
Division of Assets - In general, it will be the intent of the court to divide the assets in the most equitable way possible.
Settlement - A Settlement is a mutually agreed upon resolution to a legal dispute which is worked out between both parties prior to a ruling being made by a judge.
Parental Alienation - When a separated parent convinces their child that the other parent is bad, evil or worthless.
Sexual Allegations in Divorce (SAID) - Sexual Allegations In Divorce (SAID) is a common occurrence in disputed child custody cases in which one parent makes false or exaggerated claims about sexual abuse of a minor child at the hands of the other parent.
Child Abduction - Child Abduction is a serious, yet common occurrence when people who suffer from personality disorders become involved in a custody dispute. Approximately 82% of more than 200,000 child abductions every year are perpetrated by family members.
Court Gender Bias - Because of Court Gender Bias, in the US, a biological mother is 7 times more likely to be awarded full custody of a child than a biological father.