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The Family Law Professional's Field Guide
to High-Conflict Litigation:
Dynamics, Not Diagnoses

(c) 2022  B.D. Garber, Ph.D.
D. Prescott, J.D., Ph.D.
C. Mulchay, Ph.D.

(Published by the American Bar Association December 2022)

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Drs. Garber, Prescott, and Mulchay bring the full weight of almost
one hundred years of combined professional experience
conducting therapy, evaluating, mediating, and litigating with high conflict families
 around the globe to provide you with this unique and invaluable volume.

In the same way that Audubon first catalogued birds,
“Dynamics, Not Diagnoses” catalogues the dynamics of the high conflict family.
The authors urge family law professionals of every stripe
to move away from the medical model of individual assessment and diagnosis
and toward a rich understanding of relationship fit
and the pressures that can disrupt and distort that fit.
Familiar and frequently misused labels such as
“alienation,” “enmeshment,” “triangulation” and “polarization”
are carefully defined in the context of comprehensive
literature reviews and relevant case law references.

“Our goal in writing this book,” says Garber,
“is to give every family law professional a common language
so as to improve our communication,
better recognize and serve the child’s best interests,
and create a foundation upon which further research and case law can be built.

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