Excerpted from Bill's New Book: The Future of Family Court

© 2012 By Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

Disorders in the Court

THIS BOOK IS DESIGNED FOR family court judicial officers, although I realize it may be read by other professionals and individuals involved in family court themselves. It’s written from my perspective as a family lawyer and mental health professional, and as a trainer of judges in managing high-conflict people in court. I am not a judge and I do not presume to know how to do the difficult work judges do day in and day out. Yet I have represented clients in family courts for 15 years and I have heard many of the concerns of judges in my seminars and private conversations.

The emphasis of this book is to apply lessons learned from the field of mental health to the family court system, especially in regard to working with parents with personality disorders or traits. Prior to my legal career, I was a therapist working with children and their parents in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. This background has given me a different perspective on today’s families in family court. Yet my emphasis here is on what individual judges can do, rather than recommending sweeping changes in the court system or creating new players in the decision-making process.

Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, and mediator. He is the co-founder and Training Director of the High Conflict Institute, a training and consultation firm that trains professionals to deal with high conflict people and situations. He is the author of several books and methods for handling high conflict personalities and high conflict disputes with the most difficult people.