Thursday, October 6, 2011

Divorce Attorney

With matrimonial and family llitigation, there is a fuzzy line between legal and personal advice.  Divorce attorneys have an expertise and training in one, but usually not the other.  For many issues, howrver, the two overlap.

Clients may ask how a particular decision will affect their "case," but often the more significant impact of that decision will be on the client's life, relationships, and overall well-being.

A divorce lawyer needs to be able to listen and understand the whole situation, along with the client's goals and concerns, and identify and seperating the legal issues  from the personal ones.  A lawyer's advice may include reiterating fundamental principals such as the "best interest of the child," but that advice can also include helpig the client identify the issues, or portions thereof, that are better addressed through personal reflection (and, perhaps, consulting with medical professionals, clergy members, or trusted friends/relatives).

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