On Being a Divorce and Family Law Attorney
By Atty. Julia Chidley | December 5, 2016
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about what being a good lawyer really stands for, from a client’s perspective. Especially in being a good family lawyer, which is my major area of focus, there is so much more to it than knowing the theory, the law.
Going through a divorce means not just saying goodbye to a person once loved and the dream you once shared together. It's also about living months of uncertainty ablut the future, and in many cases, what's going to happen with your children and your fianncvial assets and property. Children, money and property —really, what hits home closer than that?
A divorce is not the end of the world by any stretch of imagination, but at times, it can feel like that to the one making his/her way through it. It would be comforting to know that your divorce lawyer really gets your emotional side of the story, and I do.
Sure, I want to get my clients the best legal outcomes, but I also want them to feel that I hear and understand their emotional truth. I appreciate that my mission of being a good lawyer includes connecting with people on this level.
As one very wise man once said to me, “They don’t call us ‘counselor’ for nothing.”