This is the third in our series of Collaborative Case Studies. Case Study #3 was an actual collaboration that…
This is the second in our series of Collaborative Case Studies. Case Study #2 was an actual, somewhat challenging collaboration that demonstrated that the collaborative process was an effective and appropriate forum for this family, which held them whilst they navigated mental health issues and the emotional toll it took on the whole family. It also showed how the team worked together to overcome the various hurdles which presented themselves and how they supported each other through the process.
The names and identifying details of the parties have been changed to preserve anonymity.
Peter has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Two years ago, he had a significant episode which saw him hospitalised and which signalled the end of the marriage. The parties have three children, two daughters aged 21 and 19 and a son who was 14 at the time of the collaborative process. The property pool was complicated and comprised of a house worth approximately $4,000,000, superannuation and shares worth approximately $900,000 and it was disclosed that Peter had loaned his brother $1,000,000 of joint marital funds, which was unknown to Beth.
Peter’s mental health problems emerged around 10 years prior, when he was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. He had panic attacks and could no longer work in his high-pressure job, so he left and managed his investments. During the ensuing years, his moods fluctuated, and he was very verbally aggressive to the family until he finally had a major event leading to his diagnosis of major depressive disorder/OCD and subsequent hospitalisation.