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Pereira's State Bar Presentation to Focus on Impact of Mental Illness on Family Law Matters

July 10, 2014

Varnum attorney Jude Pereira will present at the State Bar of Michigan's Mid-Summer Conference of the Family Law Section. His topic concerns mental illness and its significant impact on the functioning of a family unit.

In the context of a divorce proceeding or post-judgment of divorce proceeding, individuals who suffer from a mental health illness are hindered in their ability to successfully co-parent with a spouse. This inability to effectively co-parent can also impact custody and parenting time issues between two parents.  Pereira's presentation includes information on bi-polar disorder (BPD), the mechanics of requesting psychological evaluations, the impact of BPD on family life, treatment options and information on how mental health issues can affect parenting time proposals.

This is the second year Pereira has been selected to speak at the Family Law Section's Mid-Summer Conference.

Pereira has over 15 years' experience in all aspects of family law including divorce and post-judgment matters, child custody and support, parenting time, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and related matters. He is experienced in the areas of complex business valuations, forensic accounting, and mental health illnesses as they relate to marital difficulties, custody and parenting time. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Outside of his practice, Pereira volunteers as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), representing abused and neglected children. He also serves on the YWCA Board of Directors.

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