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Attorneys have an obligation to provide guidance and common sense direction for the clients. Clients need to develop their goals and express them clearly to their attorney. An attorney who takes advantage of a client during a time of high stress usually develops that reputation. Unfortunately, there are some clients who believe that they must play hardball, rather than collaboratively solve the problems of the family that is reorganizing and/or divorcing. My belief is that a lawyer needs to give his clients options for handling the case, guidance as to how to get through the difficult time, and referrals for the adjustment and emotional problems that often accompany a family law case. To do otherwise is irresponsible. If both parties are willing, a collaborative law process is extremely helpful in that this process allows the parties to seek the mutually best outcomes for themselves and their children.
As far as any specific attorney is concerned, the attorney should serve his/her clients honorably, which will best protect his/her reputation in the community. Having said that, a litigated divorce can be more traumatic and costly than people initially realize. The battle is played out in public and decision-making has been delegated to a stranger, i.e., the court. The financial strain of litigating can be exceptional. In people who are willing to consider compromise, I recommend the collaborative divorce process. Collaborative divorce is a private process wherein a final agreement is filed with the court when all issues have been resolved. Collaborative divorce lawyers are specially trained in this model, employing conflict resolution skills. Each party retains their own attorney and supplemental experts are retained as needed to help the parties arrive at a resolution. The goal of the process is that emotions and funds are spared, and families themselves retain control over the outcome.