You’ve been traumatized, and now you must face the person who traumatized you in court. Whether the case is divorce, child custody or some other litigation, you know that your opponent’s objective isn’t just to win the case. Your opponent will attempt to use legal procedures and the courts to crush you.
The irrationality of it all fries your brain. So on top of the original abuse that you endured, your opponent’s actions may cause you to suffer from Legal Abuse Syndrome — a form of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Part 1: How to protect yourself when facing a coercive controller
- Implement strategies that will form a bubble of protection around you
- Take the first steps towards Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations
- Identify ADA accommodations that will help you participate fully in the litigation
- Respond appropriately when you are verbally attacked in court
- Stay mentally tough during litigation
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Part 2: How the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can support you
- Make the connection between your diagnosis and your ability to perform in court
- Locate the ADA Access Coordinator in your courthouse
- Understand how an ADA advocate can support you during litigation
- Recognize the importance of separating emotional issues from legal issues
- Avoid unreasonable forced mediation in cases of domestic violence
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