Psychology and Divorce

Will Going to Couples Therapy Help Prevent Divorce?

Posted Date:October 20, 2015 | Categories:

Couples Therapy in Ohio

The short answer to “will going to couples therapy help prevent divorce” is: it is worth a try!  However, entering counseling before your marriage is deeply distressed generally leads to a better success rate. But one study showed that even for couples in a deeply distressed marriage 48 percent of those couples reported a dramatically improved relationship five years after counseling, while 27 percent were either divorced or separated.

There are certain situations in which counseling has shown limited value. If there is physical or mental abuse, for example, one partner may not want to open up during counseling. An untreated mental illness or addiction issue will also make success from counseling difficult. Also if the problems are too longstanding or deeply ingrained, or if the spouses are not committed to trying to make the marriage work, counseling will likely be of little use.

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Dr. R. H.

Posted Date:July 15, 2015 | Categories:

In my initial consultation with Mr. Whipps, I found him to be a great listener. Having a medical degree was to my advantage, in that I was able to identify the contributions that an understanding of psychopathology would add to my case. I needed the services of an attorney who had experience and a clear understanding of the connection between psychology and the specific situation in my case. I was impressed by Ed’s methodical approach and his attention to detail. He was also quite candid in not making any unrealistic promises.

Stress is magnified many fold especially when the case involves psychological undertones associated with a personality disorder. Lies, deception, manipulation and false accusations were involved. Many lawyers are unaware of the existence of personality disorders but Mr. Whipps was. Based upon his connections in psychological circles, I looked no further. I knew that I had found a law firm with clear experience regarding the contribution of psychological problems as they affect a divorce and I knew that their legal approach would be tailored to this.

Mr. Whipps’ understanding of psychology played a big role in the handling of my case. He was able to direct the attention of the judicial system to the existence of psychological dysfunction in the opposing party. The court needed to be convinced about the contribution of the opposing party’s psychopathology, especially the existence of a personality disorder which could compromise the safety of the minor children. It needed to be exposed.

During depositions, Mr. Whipps was able to identify that the opposing party loses contact with reality and that in addition to a personality disorder, there is psychosis. Thus, with his experience in psychology, he was able to expose the opposing party’s psychological dysfunction.

I was pleased with the expertise and organization existing in this law firm. My overall experience with the firm has been quite positive and I would highly recommend their services to anyone without hesitation.

Tara Hall

Posted Date:July 15, 2015 | Categories:

In my initial consultation, Ed was very professional and also personable. I quickly saw that his knowledge and years of experience would be valuable. Ed and his associates pride themselves in being personal and making sure that you are comfortable with what is going on and are involved.”

Mr. Whipps gave me the strength to stand up for what I believe in. Had I not had Mr. Whipps I would have given into the mental bullying of my ex. I had the fortitude to stay strong and this allowed me to keep my house where my son and I can continue to live.

Ed handled things with my ex with a finesse that was astounding. In the end, I ended up with more than I had initially hoped for and we did this without going to trial. Mr. Whipps is leagues above other attorneys in my opinion.

Ed and Jessica couldn’t make a better team. Their understanding of the law is phenomenal. I could not have asked for a better team to support me. They care about your well- being and when they say if you need anything call, they truly mean it. I do not feel that any other attorney would have done the job that Ed did.


Posted Date:July 15, 2015 | Categories:

I chose Edward F. Whipps & Associates because I had a lot of confidence and trust in Chelsea Long. Psychology played a major role in my divorce since psychological evaluations were necessary. Ed and Chelsea knew how to utilize these results benefiting my case.

It took years and was costly. In the end, it was worth every penny that was spent. The firm is truly caring and you are not just another case. They treat you like family.

The outcome of my case is that my children are now very happy that they get to spend the majority of their time with me – the parent they desire. I would highly recommend Edward F. Whipps & Associates.

The Effects of Obsessive/Compulsive Personality Disorder on Divorce

Posted Date:July 6, 2015 | Categories: ,


There are many psychological complexities generally involved in divorce, but when an emotionally impaired person experiences a distressing event such as divorce, it can trigger even more negative responses from that individual, especially if they deal with obsessive/compulsive personality disorder. The result can be a high-conflict divorce, which could in turn escalate costs in terms of both time and money as well as deepening psychological issues.

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The Pros and Cons of Binding Arbitration in Divorce

Posted Date:June 16, 2015 | Categories:

Arbitration in Divorce

If your divorce case is taking an inordinate amount of time and money to resolve, binding arbitration may be an alterative to consider.  Binding arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process in which an impartial third party listens to both sides of the divorce dispute and makes a decision that both parties must abide by. The decision is not typically one that can be appealed. The arbitration session is held privately, and like mediation is somewhat less formal than a court trial. It is important to note, though, that issues of child custody and visitation cannot be negotiated through binding arbitration.

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10 Financial Tips for Divorce

Posted Date:April 20, 2015 | Categories: ,

Financial Tips for Divorce Ohio

Going through a divorce can be emotionally difficult, but you can minimize the pain and stress by getting your finances in order beforehand. Be sure to protect yourself by being well-prepared and staying engaged throughout the proceedings. The following are 10 important financial tips for divorce.

1. Take the first steps to split your finances. Cancel any jointly owned credit cards or accounts. If your divorce is on friendly terms, you can cancel these by mutual agreement. Otherwise, your spouse may be left without access to money. If you suspect your spouse may use the credit card to run up a debt at your expense, go ahead and cancel.

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How Financial Misconduct Affects Divorce

Posted Date:April 15, 2015 | Categories:

Financial Misconduct Affects Divorce

Financial misconduct during a divorce is a serious matter. A spouse who hides marital assets during a divorce proceeding puts him or herself at risk for a myriad of consequences.  If it is discovered that one spouse hid assets from the other spouse or misrepresented the amount of marital assets available during the divorce, it is likely that when the misconduct is discovered that the court will favor the honest spouse.  To protect yourself from falling victim to financial misconduct during a divorce proceeding, it is important to arm yourself with a knowledgeable divorce and family law attorney who can help insure an accurate accounting of the martial assets.

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Psychological Evaluations in Child Custody Cases

Posted Date:April 10, 2015 | Categories:

Cleveland Child Custody

The most important decision resulting from a divorce in which children are involved is determining where children will live and how much time they will spend with each parent. When parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement, a judge will make the decision. Impartial psychological evaluations help inform the court’s decision. The best interests of the children are at the heart of this evaluation process. Naturally, loving parents want only the best for their children.

The court may order a psychological evaluation of both parents and children to help determine the best parenting and custody arrangement for the children. In Ohio, judges must make their decision about parental rights and responsibilities based on the best interests of the child. Throughout this process it is very important to have an attorney who not only understands the process but also knows how to present the evaluation results to the court.

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9 Critical Steps to Take When Preparing for a Divorce

Posted Date:December 31, 2014 | Categories: ,

Preparing for a Divorce Ohio

Change is never easy, and it is especially difficult to change your way of life after many years of marriage.  Often when we have a major life change such as a wedding, the birth of a child, or the loss of a loved one, we all wish we could have done more to prepare.  Preparing for a divorce is no different.  Many who have finalized a divorce decree are left with the “now what” feeling when not prepared.  Read on to learn the 8 critical steps to take when preparing for divorce

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