like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Why Family Law Consulting PLLC?
Consulting PLLC was consolidated as a legal
entity and a website in 2016, but has existed
whole and entire since 1999 with the opening
of Dr. Garber's HealthyParent.com practice.
Like most family law
professionals, Dr. Ben Garber stumbled on the
intersection of child development, family
functioning and legal process by accident
decades ago. Specialized training, excellent
mentors, and trial-by-fire gradually honed his
skills providing psychotherapy to children of
divorce, his interests in the nature of
family conflict, parental alienation, related
systemic confounds, the voice of the child and
expert consultation in these and many related
Breaking expert consultation
out as its own business entity in the form of
Family Law Consulting, PLLC, is a response to
the increase in demand for the service and
high conflict families' needs to keep their
focus on the child. By committing to serve the
needs of the child first and foremost, Family
Law Consulting PLLC becomes an unyielding
advocate for alternative dispute resolution
pathways wherever possible.
Expert consultation in high
conflict family law matters remains just one
of Dr. Garber's functions as a psychologist
and child advocate. He continues to provide
direct clinical service, consultation,
forensic evaluations and interventions under
the umbrella of HealthyParent.com
Read more here:
Garber, B.D. (2016).
Exploring a process-oriented forensic
family observation protocol. Family
Garber, B.D. (2015).
Cognitive-behavioral methods in high
conflict divorce: Systematic
desensitization adapted to
interventions. Family Court Review,
Garber, B.D. (2014). The
chameleon child: Children as actors in
the high conflict divorce drama.
Journal of Child Custody, 11, 1-16.
Garber, B.D. (2012)
Security by association? Mapping
attachment theory onto family law
practice. Family Court Review, 50(3),
Garber, B.D. (2011).
Parental alienation and the dynamics
of the enmeshed dyad: Adultification,
parentification and infantilization.
Family Court Review, 49(2), 322-335.
Garber, B.D. and
Landerman-Garber, L. (2011). Muchmore
and Jaycox: A Call For
Plans. New Hampshire Bar Journal,
Garber, B.D. (2009).
Attachment methodology in custody
evaluation: Four hurdles standing
between developmental theory and
forensic application. Journal of Child
Custody, 6(1&2), 38-61.
Extramural resources and Family Law
consults with and employs respected and
established colleagues from around the country
as-needed on a case-by-case basis to work
under the aegis of Family Law Consulting,
PLLC. These professionals bring expertise in
related fields including substance abuse and
dependence, psychometrics, and
jurisdiction-specific matters. Other
professionals are employed as-needed to manage
the tremendous volume of both digital and
paper documents typical of expert consultative
cases. All such extramural resources are bound
to the terms of Dr. Garber's established
How to retain Family
Law Consulting PLLC
Dr. Garber by phone or email
2. Provide a brief
description of the case and your goals for the
3. Provide case caption and
parties' names and addresses, child(ren)'s
name(s) and date(s) of birth to complete a
4. Dr. Garber will deliver a
Service Agreement to your attention detailing
the terms and limitations of the proposed
service and requesting initial retainer funds.
Upon return receipt of the endorsed agreement
and funds, Dr. Garber will be prepared to meet
or conference with you, to receive documents
for review, and otherwise to commence the
See a sample
Family Law Consulting PLLC:
Costs and terms of retention
consultative process is charged at an hourly
rate set forth in the initial Service
Agreement, inclusive of all activities (e.g.,
travel, document review, conferencing,
testifying) plus costs incurred. A retainer
representing an amount commensurate with a
brief overview of the matter and one or two
hours to share preliminary impressions will be
requested initially. If, upon discussion of
this preliminary overview, further
consultation is mutually acceptable,
additional funding will be requested
commensurate with the tasks at hand.
Service provision is
established contingent upon receipt of all
funds requested. Dr. Garber cannot provide
services on a contingency basis.
The Service Agreement
typically remains in force for a period of up
to twelve (12) months, subject to review and
mutual renewal. The consultative relationship
can be discontinued by either participant at
The Service Agreement will
set forth the conditions of confidentiality
and/or privilege to the extent that either
might apply, acknowledging that Dr. Garber's
responsibility to children and as a mandated
reporter supersedes both.
See a sample Service Agreement here
contact Family Law Consulting, PLLC, in the
person of Dr. Ben Garber at any time with
further questions or to establish an expert