Choosing a female or male attorney as a matter of strategy….myth or fact?

by Law Offices of Marlo Van Oorschot, APLC.  Family law matters — divorce and child custody matters — are highly personal, and often bring high-conflict litigation. Clients strategically select the gender of their lawyer based upon several beliefs related to such conflict, which are more likely than not…myths.

Many men believe that, if they hire a female attorney, the judge will better accept a harsh position presented through the voice of a woman – in other words, that their position as male spouses is softened through the voice of a woman.   Often a woman believes that, by hiring a male attorney, the male lawyer will be better able to stand up to her husband and to give her strength she believes she otherwise does not possess.   These beliefs are stereotypes and do not take into account the reality of the law.  Therefore, they are myths.

A client is best served by honestly sharing the details of his or her marriage with his or her attorney.  Therefore, one of the most important criteria in hiring a family law attorney is whether or not a client is comfortable being open and honest about some of the deepest and darkest secrets a person holds.

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