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Diana Shepherd

Diana Shepherd (CDFA®) has over 30 years of experience as a marketing, branding, SEO, copywriting, editing, and publishing expert. As Family Lawyer Magazine, Divorce Magazine, and Divorce Marketing Group’s Content Director, she oversees all corporate content development and frequently creates SEO-friendly videos, podcasts, and copy for family law and financial firms. An award-winning editor, published author, and a nationally-recognized expert on divorce, remarriage, finance, and stepfamily issues, she is a frequent lecturer on the topics of divorce, finance, and marketing – both to local groups and national organizations. She has also been a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® since 2006.


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    Richard J. Mockler

    This is a wonderful article. I greatly appreciate anyone who brings awareness to this issue. A family attorney’s exposure to STS, however, is even greater than the article portrays. The stress, in my view, is not entirely “secondary.” Family law attorneys not only “listen” to the traumatic events. Attorneys are typically expected to do something (sometimes immediately) to fix the situation. And, this expectation makes the stress somewhat “primary” in nature. In certain cases, the stories leave the attorney questioning what more he or she could have done to prevent the violence, abuse, kidnapping, etc. I do not doubt for a moment that my health was significantly affected by the enormous stress from constant exposure to high conflict cases, including domestic violence, rape, parental alienation, attempted murder, parental kidnapping, and many others.

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    Elizabeth Wolt, Esq.

    What a great article. Thank you! This is validation for my decision made several years ago to step down from my partner position at a large firm and go solo with a practice dedicated to cooperative resolution of Family law matters. I went through additional training and became a certified family mediator and took some additional conflict resolution classes. I now advise every client that interviews me for hire that I will work diligently to resolve their case, but I do not litigate, except in very rare cases. If the case cannot be settled, the case will be referred to a litigation attorney. This decision has resulted in my well-being and has served to parse out vindictive clients and clients that have high-conflict issues as well as parties simply not willing to work towards peaceful resolution.


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