Lawyers are becoming more and more specialized, and the day of the "general practice attorney" is largely a thing of the past. Now, we have business lawyers, personal injury lawyers, criminal lawyers, patent lawyers, family lawyers and numerous other categories.
For many parents, the custody agreement they reach in a divorce or receive from a court does not actually reflect the experience of trying to raise a child with another person outside of a couple relationship. Some parents see the custody arrangement as a rough guideline of how to operate, rather than respecting it as a legally binding document.
Few professions actively join unavoidably personal matters and legal disputes the way that a family law or divorce practice does. Your clients may assume that your services as a family law attorney are limitless, or may not realize just how much you truly can do for them. Either way, you face the difficult task of not only delivering results that your client needs, but also managing their expectations.
As a divorce attorney, you face a difficult task, but one that is potentially rewarding beyond the attorney's fees that you collect. In the best of circumstances, you may find ways to shepherd a person through a difficult season and into a fresh start in a new phase of life.
When you go to court for your divorce, one factor that you're not in control of is the judge who will preside. While your attorney could ask to have a different judge if there's a reason to do so, you may find that you're stuck with whom you have.
In California, property division and alimony agreements often create serious points of friction for divorcing spouses. As a divorce attorney, you must constantly stay on top of a mountain of moving parts for your client, to ensure that they receive the best reasonable terms in agreements covering a wide spectrum of issues.
All parties involved in a divorce judgment must follow the terms of the judge's decision. However, that does not mean that a judge's decision is unchangeable. Indeed, it may be possible to modify a court's decision at a later time.
Staying on top of your family law case can prove very difficult, especially if you cannot get proper cooperation from the other players involved. Whether you're representing a spouse in a divorce or some other family law issue, sometimes the tables simply turn against you and you may need to consider unconventional options in order to protect your clients' interests.
There are many ways that a divorce case can get away from you. Whether the opposing counsel didn't care to cooperate or the judge ruled unfairly, or any number of things in between, your client now wants to fight the ruling. Maybe you know that an appeal is probably possible, but you're not entirely comfortable navigating appellate proceedings. Fortunately, you have options.
When you first started working with this client, you believed this case would be simple and straightforward. You discussed all the critical details, including issues in the marriage and a careful examination of all marital assets. You prepared for court, but now things aren't going the way you had hoped or anticipated.