Most people think that a “high-conflict divorce” necessarily involves two people who are angry and unreasonable. But that’s not always the case. When one party to a divorce suffers from a borderline, narcissistic, or other type of personality disorder, he or she can pull the entire family into a “knock-down/drag-out” litigation. A person with a personality disorder often lacks basic compassion and/or the willingness to compromise for the benefit of the children. He or she may be driven by revenge or the desire to inflict emotional pain and suffering — and appealing to this person’s sense of reason and logic is of no avail. This may make it difficult or impossible to negotiate a fair settlement, leaving no alternative but to go to trial. Our firm brings many different strategies to the table when dealing with an opposing party with a personality disorder. For instance, sending out subpoenas for medical or counseling records will allow us to obtain important information on the person’s physical and psychological background; Drug testing may be warranted if there is a history of drug or alcohol abuse; A deposition can give us great insight into the mind of the person being deposed — it can enable us to obtain admissions of guilt, and it will also give us clues which may lead to other critical information that can be successfully utilized at trial; And the appointment of court experts to conduct interviews, mental health evaluations, or family assessments can prove to be of great value in diagnosing a personality disorder that may not have previously been formally discovered. These are a few of the many strategies we typically employ in high-conflict Family Court litigation involving people who may have personality disorders. If you find yourself in this situation, then you’ll need a strong advocate — an attorney who will fight hard to protect your interests. If you are in need of a consultation, Contact us today.
The Law Office of Gary J. Frank has been a fixture in the prestigious Biltmore area of Phoenix, Arizona for over thirty years. Gary Frank and Hanna Amar are strong Family Law litigators and mediators with a wealth of experience both in the courtroom and in settlement negotiations. Our firm handles a wide array of cases, such as divorce, custody, relocation, paternity, child and spousal support, division of property and businesses, modification and enforcement actions, grandparent and non-parent rights, same sex divorce and custody, and all matters relating to families and children. If you are in need of a legal consultation, please do not hesitate to Contact us today. You can reach us by telephone at 602-383-3610, or by email at [email protected] and [email protected], or through our website at www.garyfranklaw.com. We’d be honored to help you.
When you come in for an initial conference at the Law Office of Gary J. Frank P.C., what you get is a real legal consultation. Not a one-hour sales pitch, like you get from some other lawyers. In our first meeting, I will give you a solid understanding of your legal rights and how the court system works – and at the end of the meeting I will give you a “game-plan,” so that you will know what you must do to reach your goals. Unlike most firms, I do not limit the initial consultation to one hour. Instead, I will take as much time as is necessary to:
• Learn about your family history and the background facts of your matter;
• Obtain important information that can be used to help you with your case in court;
• Listen to your concerns and answer your questions;
• Talk to you about the law pertaining to your case;
• Explain your legal rights under the Arizona statutes and appellate court caselaw;
• Discuss the court process – how it works, how long it takes, what documents must be filed; what information must be disclosed; what hearings are held, and how the judge looks at the dispute;
• Discuss options for peaceful resolution of your dispute outside of the court-system, such as Mediation, Conciliation Services Conferences, Settlement Conferences using a judge pro tem, round-table negotiations between the parties and their attorneys; and other healthy alternatives;
• Talk about legal fees and a range of how much your matter might cost; and
• I’ll give you a “game plan” tailored to your needs and the specific facts of your matter. The “game plan” is my recommendations and advice regarding what must be done in your case and the steps that you can take to reach your goals.
An initial conference with an attorney is a critical step in the process of finding a solution to your problem. This is where you begin, for the first time, to put together a “road map” of where you want to go and how to get there.
By the time you leave my office after your first consultation, you should have a much better understanding of your legal rights; of how the court process works; of what your options are; and of what you will need to do to reach your goals and resolve your problem. Many people walk into our office timid and afraid, and leave armed with knowledge and a sense of renewed confidence.
If you are in need of a legal consultation regarding a divorce, custody, or other family law matter, please check out our web site: https://www.garyfranklaw.com/ . You can always call us at 602-383-3610 or contact us by email. I look forward to meeting you.
Imagine walking up to bat in a baseball game – and you don’t know the rules. You don’t know the difference between a “ball” and a “strike.” You don’t know that three strikes is an “out,” or that three outs ends the “inning.” You are aware that you’re supposed to swing at the pitch, but once you hit the ball, you don’t know which way to run. No matter how hard you try or how athletic you are, the fact that you don’t know the rules of the game puts you at a huge disadvantage.
Filing for divorce on your own can be overwhelming. Wading through the court-approved forms may be confusing and is often an exercise in futility. What are my legal rights? What should I ask for? How does the court process work? How do I know I’m doing this correctly? There is so much at stake: Division of property and debts, custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance. Handling any one of these issues improperly could mean the difference between a future of relative comfort or years of suffering. When the divorce is done, it’s done. You have one chance to get it right. Undoing a mistake is difficult and, sometimes, impossible.
Document preparers can help you fill out paperwork but they’re not trained in the law. They’re prohibited from providing legal advice. Lawyers, on the other hand, have the benefit of many years of legal training and continuing education. They are well-versed in the law; they understand the divorce process and can help you understand what is best for you.
But what if your divorce is simple, or you just can’t afford ongoing legal representation? Even if you’ve decided to represent yourself, you can still benefit from an attorney’s advice — and chances are that the expense is less than you imagined. You can use an attorney as a counselor, an adviser, a guide to help you through the legal process.
A one-time consultation with an attorney is relatively inexpensive, and it can help tremendously. In a single meeting, the lawyer can assist you in filling out the paperwork. He or she can help you understand your legal rights, and explain what you need to do to request a hearing, obtain financial information, or get a trial date. The lawyer can formulate a game plan, answer your questions, and help you navigate through the sticky and sometimes complicated issues involved in a Family Law case. Don’t just assume that you can’t afford legal advice. Call for a one-time consultation. You may be surprised at how affordable it is — and how much it helps.
Gary Frank is an Arizona Family Law Attorney with more than 30 years of experience in handling cases involving divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, division of property, grandparent and non-parent rights, and all other matters relating to family law. If you would like a consultation, feel free to contact us at 602-383-3610 or by email at [email protected] To find out more about our firm, take a look at our website at www.garyfranklaw.com.
It’s easier than you may think, and less expensive, too.