Half-Day Conference – October 2019

Join us on October 11, 2019 for our AFCC-MN chapter’s annual half-day conference to hear what is happening in our chapter, as well as:

The Personality-Disordered Litigant: Strategies for the family law professional in and out of the courtroom.

In almost every high conflict case, at least one of the individuals fueling the conflict can be described as having some characteristics of a personality disorder. These maladaptive characteristics are deeply ingrained patterns that affect an individual’s personality and contribute to the level of difficulty in their relationships. If these problematic behavior patterns are not recognized and managed by highly skilled professionals, the case will result in prolonged, expensive and unproductive litigation that will likely cause damage to the family. Resolution of this type of divorce or custody case will require appropriate professionals to identify and understand these dynamics and strategize appropriate legal advice and interventions.

Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

1. Recognize the behaviors, thinking and emotional patterns of individuals with personality disorders (PDs) that lead to intense conflicts and protracted custody litigation.
2. Identify mindsets and pitfalls to be avoided when representing or defending against PDs.
3. Understand the impact of characteristics of PDs on intimate relationships, parenting, alternative dispute resolution and litigation.
4. Learn techniques for managing cases – in and out of the courtroom – with a PD.

Key Note Speaker: Beth E. Maultsby, JD

Beth E. Maultsby

For 30 years Ms. Maultsby has been helping families as a judge, lawyer, and social worker. She is currently a partner at the Texas law firm of GoransonBain, prior to which she served as a Judge in the 301st Family District Court for eight years. Before entering the legal profession, Ms. Maultsby worked with children in crisis and was recognized as a child abuse expert. Her current practice specializes in family law cases involving issues of substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, and abuse of children. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America and has published and spoken extensively on family law issues. She authored High Conflict Family Law Matters and Personality Disorders, first presented at the State Bar of Texas 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Course in San Antonio.

Beth got her law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, graduating with distinction. She has received numerous honors and awards including being named “Lawyer of the Year in Dallas/Fort Worth, as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Family Law and Family Law Mediation, named in “Best Lawyers in Dallas”, “Best Women Lawyers in Dallas and listed as a Texas “Super Lawyer”.