Writing While Stressed

by Sherri L. Renner, J.D. July 29, 2020 “Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson A member of our Pro Se Support group on Facebook recently took some steps toward achieving greater protection of her children. Those steps included drafting some papers that she will file with […]

Legal Abuse from a Clinical Perspective

“Courtrooms are the perfect platforms for abusers to maintain contact with their victims,” reports Sandra Brown, MA, CEO of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. In this video, which is the second in a series of four, Ms. Brown shares her professional insights into how and why legal abuse is an […]

“Legal Abuse” Introduction

by Sherri L. Renner, J.D. October 2014; updated March 2015 Legal abuse can be an unexpected and sometimes tragic extension of domestic or intimate partner abuse. It is important for everyone in the family courts to understand, including litigants, judges, and evaluative professionals. This is the first of a four-video series. In October 2014, we […]

The Message of the Eagles

The Message of the Eagles by Sandra L. Brown, M.A. Copyright © 2017 by Sandra L. Brown, MA On the day that man’s justice would be bastardized, the day started as usual with spring on the edges of the morning, like fringe. The chickadees, cardinals, and gold finches were huddled around the feeder fighting for […]

Should I Convince the Judge my Ex is a Narcissist?

Question I just listened to your interview posted from the WNAAD event. Thank you. It seems you suggest that litigants shouldn’t draw attention to the cluster b disorder, but bring up behavior facts. I understand that now, and although I have never called him any names or referred to him in public or even among […]

From Terror to Triumph: How Jenna Overcame Her Anxiety and Won in Family Court

Jenna* had been embroiled in litigation with her ex-husband for years. Every so often he would bring some trivial matter to the court, painting Jenna as a bad parent, and always keeping her on edge. This time, Jenna’s ex had filed a motion, complaining that Jenna was making decisions about their children’s after-school activities without […]

Florida DV Victim Goes to Jail

Update (Sept. 1, 2016): The judge described in this post was charged with violations of Florida’s judicial conduct rules and reprimanded by Justices of the Florida Supreme Court. Read the story in the Orlando Sentinel. Original post (Oct. 7, 2015): A Florida judge found a domestic violence victim and single mother of a year-old child […]

C.R.’s Story of Legal Abuse

One day many years ago, C.R. met a handsome and charming man. That’s right – her nightmare began, as they often do, as a dream. You know the story: They were young and beautiful and he swept her off her feet with fireworks and dizzying chemistry. He lavished her with romance until C.R. felt loved […]

Our Message to the Florida Courts

The Florida Court’s Long Range Strategic Planning Workgroup recently solicited comments from the public to assist in its mission to set goals and priorities for the coming years. Here are our comments to the Workgroup, submitted online earlier today: Dear Long Range Strategic Planning Workgroup: An area needing improvement in Florida’s courts concerns judicial training […]