Search Site
Menu
Dealing with High-Conflict Divorce

Not many people endure what is known as high-conflict divorce. What is it and what can you do if it happens to you?

High-conflict divorce is characterized by destructive ongoing conflict between partners and the entrenched use of family court. In cases where couples are unable to agree on virtually any arrangement without a court ruling, the tendency of court and other officials is to label both parties as uncooperative.

With this unsympathetic view, the court can make life difficult for a spouse victimized by a high-conflict partner. Characteristics of a high-conflict divorce include:

  • Legal proceedings that span years after a divorce is granted
  • Involvement of children in court proceedings
  • Use of multiple mental health professionals, financial experts and expensive evaluations
  • Appointment of multiple agents of the court, including a parenting time expeditor, custodial evaluator and Guardian ad Litem
  • Extensive legal debt
  • Failure of alternative dispute methods
  • Distortion campaigns by one party against the other

For those victimized by a high-conflict partner, the route to a new life is blocked and quickly becomes financially inaccessible. Legal proceedings drag on and the lives of children are altered by court rulings that may not really support their best interests.

If you believe you are dealing with a highly combative spouse, consider these tips:

  • Retain experienced, strong legal counsel who is willing to stay the course of your case.
  • Structure contact with your spouse through email to minimize opportunities for disagreement and abuse.
  • Ensure legal documents like orders are as legally airtight as possible.

The only remedy to high-conflict divorce is experienced legal help. If you have questions about a difficult, contested divorce, speak with a skilled family law attorney in Minnesota.

Our Attorneys
Client testimonials
  • "Tori had a thorough understanding of my situation and made excellent recommendations to resolve my concerns. She was persistent on communication and handled everything in a very timely manner. I would definitely hire her again in the future if needed." - M.K.

  • "With Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., it is like having a family physician. They are all knowledgeable, thorough, comforting, and the only call I need to make for all my legal needs for many years to come. No matter what the matter, I totally trust their advice and commitment to me and my family." - J.N.

  • "Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement." - Dana C.

  • "I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of." - Jeff M.

  • "Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties. Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION


superlawyers
Contact us

Quick Contact Form