We have all heard the lawyer jokes, jabs, and punch lines, and while some might be deserved, the most are not. The vast majority of attorneys in our legal system work diligently to make our world a better place, either by putting violent criminals behind bars, or by civil equality in all aspects of life. While all attorneys play special roles in our society, none play a more imperative role than the attorneys courageous enough to tackle family law.
Family law traditions span way before our society; in fact, most of the terms we use in family law today are Latin terms that were used by individuals that incorporated this vernacular in their every day vocabulary. Family law in America today comes primarily from the English law before the Revolutionary War, and since this type of law’s domination in American courts, attorneys passionate enough and that genuinely want to help their neighbors in the community have stepped up to do so.
Today in the United States, family law attorneys are wrongfully profiled as being sub-par or inept attorneys, when this notion could not be father from the truth. Perhaps this misinformation comes from former clients of family law attorneys that have had problems listening to the instructions of counsel to their own detriment, or maybe a client who went into the ordeal with unrealistic expectations or with unclean hands. We will truly never know why family law attorneys are sketched this way in society. However, one thing that is for certain is that family law attorneys should be given the respect, admiration, and approbation they deserve from the community. They deserve this because most family law attorneys are zealous advocates who truly believe that a better world begins with the most intimate and basic part of our lives, our families.
I hope this short blog has made you think and realize that scapegoats are rarely to blame in this field of law. Many of you will ask, “But how would you know, you have not been around long enough!” Many will say that I am just a law clerk that has been working in family law a total of three weeks, I know nothing. While this remark has merit, true passion and deserving respect takes no time to perceive and recognized.