Those In High Conflict Relationships To Benefit From JFCS Legal Panel

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern Jersey (JFCS) will be offering a free legal seminar on February 25to take place at the Katz Jewish Community Campus on Springdale Rd at 7 PM. This event will be focused on high conflict relationships and the law, which will cover topics such as custody, child support, parenting time and non-dissolution, alimony, and procedural aspects of divorce. Local attorneys on the panel will include: Charles Rand, Shira Katz Scanlon, Michael Weinberg, and Lisa Incollingo.

“High conflict relationships have unique issues,” says Hilary Platt, JFCS Project SARAH (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home) Case Manager. “Our legal panel is here to lend their professional guidance and assistance. We know the public will benefit from the invaluable information shared on this evening.”

A high conflict relationship is a relationship based on power and control rather then equality and respect.  Possessiveness, insults, jealous accusations, pushing or other negative abusive behaviors, and financial control are just some examples of an unhealthy relationship. If a person thinks that a relationship is unhealthy, he/she should consider personal needs and his/her children’s needs.

High conflict relationships can result in PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event such as being physically abused or verbally abused, or controlled in other ways.  PTSD can cause reoccurring symptoms, avoidance symptoms, and hyper arousal symptoms. Examples of these symptoms are bad dreams, terrifying thoughts, being easily startled, and feeling tense or “on edge”. JFCS created Project SARAH (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home) to offer resources and options during difficult times where people feel like they need help.

This panel will help to address the key legal issues that affect those who are in these relationship situations. Registration is required to attend. For more information, or to register to attend, please call Meri Seligman at 856-424-1333 or email

By: Lauren Shover, JFCS Communications Intern


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