This means that if you are considering a career in family law, there are a couple of personal qualities to your character that if found lacking may mean your career is unhappy and short.
Family law is a sprawling area of law that concerns all things marriage, children, home, finances, and possessions.
In fact, the list doesn’t end there.
If you can think of any family issue that people talk about around the dinner table – such as children’s rights and grandparents’ rights – there is an area of family law set up specifically to deal with the queries that families need answers to.
Things like denied access to a savings account or ownership of pets can cause even deeper rifts in a family that is already experiencing communication issues.
A Communications Expert
Some lawyers are so pushed for time that they will tell you what you want to hear and rely on doing the leg work at a later date.
In family law, this sort of fast-lane approach doesn’t work.
First, you have to listen.
This means you have to be invested in people.
Family law isn’t about making a quick buck and continuing your collection of fast cars.
Family law changes lives.
If you’re not willing to get to the bottom of emotional matters (often involving long conversations over hot tea, with a lot of saying things like “no, no, carry on, this could be important”), you may not be suited to a career in family law.
But if people and the solving of their heartfelt problems are your calling, you may have a long career ahead.
Another point worth noting is that there is never a shortage of work – there are lots of localized searches for phrases such as ‘attorney based in the New Jersey area’.
An Eye for Emotional Detail
As a family lawyer, you will be thrown in at the deep end with family issues that may have been simmering and boiling-over for years (if not decades).
President Barack Obama once said that by the time a problem landed on his desk, the problem had already escalated.
The same is true of a family lawyer (nobody hires a family lawyer for a chat about how everything at home is going to plan and how all family relationships are accounted for and in order, etc.).
The only problem is that, over time, people begin to believe a narrative that may not be the full story.
If you are discerning, you may be able to spot underlying feelings and emotions towards the situation that could lead to taking steps in the direction that the family needs.