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August 2013 Bar Bulletin

It's not a "Divorce Party": Top Ten Things To Tell a Family Law Client

By Lisa DuFour and Sharon Friedrich


Family law attorneys often see people in extreme distress over the loss of a relationship, concerns about their children and stress over money issues. All family law litigants stress over money no matter how much they have. The different situations in which people find themselves requiring court assistance or a court proceeding can be mind boggling.

However, there are certain things that each and every family law litigant should know. The family law attorney can explain these issues to his or her clients and warn them about the potential pitfalls. Hopefully this information can help the litigant through the process without making things worse than they already are.

Here is our list of the top 10 things you should discuss with a family law client.

1. No Guarantees

There is never a guarantee as to the result of a family law case. Life is unpredictable and family law litigation is even more so.

It is best to try and work out an agreement on at least some issues rather than fight to the death.

2. Be Truthful, Honest and Forthcoming

The client should know that he or she needs to be completely honest and forthcoming with the court and especially with you. Trying to conceal information rarely works.

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