The Bounds of Advocacy

Family law is a type of law unlike any other, and therefore requires a special type of attorney, or advocate. There are many different styles of practicing law, which is evidenced by the common phrase “the art of practicing law”. Some attorneys believe that it is in their clients’ best interest to litigate all issues with a vengeance, and that winning is of the utmost importance. Other attorneys believe that minimizing tension, and doing everything possible to salvage the relationship between the parties is of the utmost importance. There is a range of styles between these two extremes as well. More than likely, one of these two styles, or something similar, appeals to you more than the other. That does not mean that the unappealing style is incorrect, it just may not be appropriate for you or your case. In addition to the difference in litigation strategies, attorneys differ in how they will interact with their clients, and in their communication styles.

As much as attorneys differ, so do family law cases. When children are involved, people often want to minimize any negativity, and try to resolve things amicably, since they will be forced into maintaining a relationship with their soon to be ex-spouse after the case is over. This might be the opposite sentiment from a case that does not involve children, but one in which a party is seeking permanent alimony, where litigating aggressively might be the only or best option.

Family law cases are so diverse and emotional that it is crucial that you have a strong bond with your family law attorney, as he or she will be responsible for guiding you through the entire court process, ensuring that your concerns are addressed, and advocating for you. When you are choosing a family law attorney, make sure that you spend the time to understand how they plan to handle your case, and how they plan to interact with you. Finding an attorney who you feel comfortable with is the one of the most important steps when you are faced with a family law issue.