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What is a High-Conflict Personality?

Thomas A. Greenwald | February 22, 2019

A high-conflict personality person is a person who typically is a very rigid thinker, someone who thinks in very black and white terms, and they are also people who do not like surprises and get very frustrated and angry if they’re surprised. Contrary to what most people think, high-conflict personalities are not just involved in high-conflict cases. If you find yourself in a situation with the high-conflict, personality, there are three things you wanna consider. Number one is, don’t expect the person to change. The second thing is, don’t engage with the person and the third thing is, allow them to participate in the process.

A difficult personality is not something that can be dealt with like every other case. And if you get aggressive, if you create unnecessary conflict, it’s just going to add to the expense and the length of the litigation. I think the most important thing is to work with an attorney that understands high-conflict personalities. The goal of our Goranson Bain Ausley attorneys is for each client to have a sense of peace and calm throughout the process, to help them develop a plan toward an efficient and effective resolution of their case.

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Tom Greenwald is an experienced trial lawyer with 30 years of family law experience. He has been named Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas/Fort Worth by Best Lawyers and named “Best Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law,” by D Magazine six times, including 2022. Tom brings specialized expertise to complex divorces, including complex compensation structures, property division, dealing with private business interests, separate property claims, business valuation, and child custody. His goal is to help clients find efficient and constructive solutions that will enable them to save money and maintain good working relationships in the future.

If you have additional question about dealing with a high conflict personality during divorce, contact Tom at 214-473-9696.

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