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Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law

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Complex Psychological Issues

Carlsbad Attorneys Addressing Complex Psychological Issues in Divorce

A law firm uniquely qualified to provide guidance on mental health issues

Divorce is difficult in the best of circumstances. When psychological matters are involved, the legal process can be filled with anxiety and frustration. Founded in 1993, Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law, is uniquely qualified to handle complex psychological issues arising during marital dissolution. We have 20 years of experience in successfully solving family law issues in mediation and alternative dispute resolution techniques. Attorney Alan R. Silverman has 15 years of experience in psychology and family counseling, giving him insight into complex mental-health issues.

Background in psychology and family counseling

In addition to his juris doctorate, Mr. Silverman holds a master's degree in behavioral sciences and epidemiology, a doctorate in counseling psychology, a master's in guidance and counseling, and a bachelor's in psychology. He worked as a child and adolescent clinical psychologist and as a family therapist for 15 years before pursuing his law career. Mr. Silverman is experienced in coping with high-conflict custody matters, deliberate and inadvertent parental alienation, psychological disorders, and substance abuse issues.

Mediation and collaborative law training

Attorneys Alan R. Silverman and Claudia Bravo Silverman received extensive mediation and dispute-resolution training at the renowned Pepperdine University School of Law, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, and engaged in advanced collaborative law training. In addition, Mr. Silverman serves as a settlement master and is on the special master panel of the Unified Family Court of the San Francisco Superior Court. Our attraction to mediation and collaborative law methods grew from our emphasis on listening to our clients and developing workable solutions to their problems. These valuable skills ease the anxiety associated with litigation and the dissolution of a marriage.

When a spouse's mental health is at issue

Psychological issues are sometimes the primary concern in custody or visitation disputes. A spouse who becomes aggressive and angry may focus more on revenge than resolution, including using the children to punish the other parent and taking active steps to encourage parental alienation. A resentful spouse may engage in unnecessary litigation to squander the other spouse's financial resources. These psychological issues can interfere with reaching a parenting plan agreement and can make litigation extremely stressful. We address psychological issues arising in divorces, such as:

  • Alcohol or drug dependence
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Personality disorders, including borderline, narcissistic and antisocial personality disorders
  • Anger management issues
  • Emotional issues related to domestic violence and abuse

Consult with us about coping with complex psychological issues during divorce

To learn more about dealing with psychological issues associated with divorce, call Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law, at 760.512.3251 or 415.906.4142 or online to schedule your free initial phone consultation. Sunday appointments are available.

From our law office in Carlsbad, we serve clients in Oceanside, La Jolla, Vista, Encinitas, Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe and throughout the San Diego area.

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