Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) April 13, 2004
Divorce Support of Palo Alto has been started by Ann Bradley, M.A.to educate and support divorcing individuals and help them find ways to make the process non adversarial and non confrontational.
Bradley says, "Divorce is an overwhelming emotional, legal and financial experience. People are shocked at the chaos and expense. Greed and ego fuel the $40 billion divorce industry. People should know there are alternatives to high priced adversarial divorces. Good information is the key to controlling the process."
Stunned by the adversarial nature of her own divorce, Bradley wants to help others by bringing divorce truths out of the closet. When her husband's attorney asked if he should "hit her over the head with a 2x4" Bradley was appalled. What followed was two years of dirty divorce tactics that traumatized her and her son. Bradley says, "The 2x4 is in my hands now, and it is a tool, not a weapon. No one should go through this. Children should not be collateral damage.Â
A culture of narcissism escalates divorce proceedings according to Bradley. Her website, http://www.narcissisticabuse.com was referenced in the legal journal Managing Partner in an article on narcissism and attorneys. At one point Bradley asked opposing counsel why he sent Interrogatories without her husband's knowledge. He said,"I don't like the way you are telling me to run this case." She learned discovery is not to be used as harassment and wearing down the other side is a popular tactic through oppressive discovery tactics, keeping the other party from being represented, or worse, through false domestic violence claims, randomizing support, and starve and freeze. Bradley survived all with one more thrown in - they wanted to accuse her of a crime she did not commit. "It was like a thunderbolt hit me, said Bradley. How do you deal with this?" Opposing counsel told the pro tem judge and her attorney, "Fraud is no big deal" and "My client is prepared to testify she committed the fraud."
When asked if she was afraid to make this information public, Bradley responded, "No, If you were robbed, would you be afraid to come forth about it? It's the thief who should be worried. We cannot affect change by shutting up. The system is powerful, but so are people who want to change it. I need to live boldly now; the divorce industry tried to destroy me. I need help too - the State Bar must also police its members for ethics violations."
For those thinking about divorce or are in the middle of one, Divorce Support is bringing together family law attorneys and financial planners at Divorce Survival Workshop on April 17, 2004 in Atherton, CA to have the legal process and its complexities explained. From her research into the divorce industry Bradley saw the need for people to take control, know their rights, and find support.
Speakers include Attorney Michael Lowy of Palo Alto, CA, President of Silicon Valley Collaborative Law Association, a recognized leader in "no court" divorce. Collaborative law does not use adversarial techniques thus reducing conflict and cost. It is estimated that one half of all divorces in the future will follow this model. Anyone divorcing can use the techniques Mr. Lowy will present.
Rod Firoozye, family law specialist, pro tem judge and business litigator will speak on community property and support. Mr. Firoozye likes to explain the law so people feel empowered. His perspective as a pro tem judge makes him uniquely qualified to discuss common areas of conflict and how people deal with them.
Dana Grigg, MBA divorce financial planner, will identify the strategic moves necessary to maximize resources. San Mateo county attorney Patrick Hall will discuss choosing, changing and communicating with your divorce lawyer. Company executive Cindy Nelson will bring humor and insight to divorce survival techniques and Ann Bradley will "discuss all the things I wish I knew" and explain why her own divorce, now in the Court of Appeals, was the catalyst for starting Divorce Support. Interested people (including attorneys) can go to http://www.divorceseminar.net or call 650 473-1663.
Ann Bradley is the author of Divorce: The Real Truth, the Hidden Dangers: Surviving Deception, Betrayal and Narcissism
For information: http://www.divorceseminar.net or
Contact: email@example.com (Ann Bradley)
Phone: 650 473-1663
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