High conflict cases
There are 5-10% high conflict cases where no cooperative or consensus approach works whatsoever. Those parents may never have learned through their life experiences to respect or listen to another person’s point of view, to recognise another person’s good intentions, or to negotiate problems in a fair manner. So some people tend to fight the whole way through their lives, people with personality disorders, with ongoing violence, people who are unwilling to do something about alcohol and drug abuse etc.
In these cases, the involved professionals discuss and agree at some point that this family needs a clear cut court decision. At this stage, it may be in children’s best interests to be removed from their parents’ home and placed in alternative care.