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Florida Attorneys Assisting with Psychological Issues and High-Conflict Divorce

Our Tampa firm helps address the concerns with personality disorders and mental health issues

When divorce and family law issues loom, it isn’t unusual for one spouse to claim that the other is insane, depressed, unstable or just plain nuts. Studies that show that mental disorders, such as phobias, addiction and depression, increase the likelihood of divorce up to 80 percent. Further research indicates that personality disorders, including antisocial and histrionic personality disorders, are also linked to higher divorce rates, so it’s important to have an attorney on your side who understands the effect that these disorders have on your marriage and your divorce proceedings. Tampa’s Baccarella & Baccarella, P.A. brings more than 50 years of combined experience to manage and minimize the influence that mental health has on the divorce, the parties and their children.

An overview of disorders and their effects

When conflict arises — as it frequently does in divorce and custody matters — mental illness and personality disorders tend to rise to the forefront. People with these disorders tend to feel more threatened by the world around them, undergoing cognitive distortions, and often make false statements in and out of the courtroom in an attempt to control the situation.  As an experienced team of family law attorneys, Baccarella & Baccarella attorneys have educated themselves to recognize and respond numerous mental health issues that may arise in the content of a divorce, custody and other family law situations.

Personality disorders are mental health disorders that affect how the sufferer handles feelings and relationships with others. Many disorders, such as paranoid and schizotypal disorders, are treatable with medicine. Some are based in anxiety and fear, such as avoidant personality disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The third type, present in approximately nine percent of adults, are the behaviorally and emotionally dramatic personalities, that we call “relationship breakers”:

  • Antisocial personality disorder, where the sufferer pervasively ignores the rights of others, the rules of society, the feelings of others, and lack remorse for their actions
  • Borderline personality disorder, which includes severely impaired impulse control, black-and-white thinking, unstable self-image, inappropriate and intense anger, as well as extremely high levels of deception and highly inconsistent behavior
  • Histrionic personality disorder, found in people with a pattern of excessive emotional display and attention seeking
  • Narcissistic personality disorder, where the sufferer has a preoccupation with egotism, entitlement, self-admiration, inflated sense of accomplishment, lack of empathy, and an arrogant attitude

At Baccarella & Baccarella, we take every step possible to make certain that our client’s mental state — or that of the spouse — doesn’t affect the divorce process, the court and any children involved in the case. These steps can involve voluntary or court-ordered therapy, psychological evaluations and compassionate care of everyone involved in the process.

A savvy, compassionate team for family law issues in Florida

At Baccarella & Baccarella, our attorneys have the knowledge, compassion and perseverance that you want on your side in your family law or divorce matter. We’re happy to discuss our practice and your needs in a complimentary 20-minute consultation. Please contact us online or call 813-254-8998 to speak with us today!

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