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Divorce Attorneys for Men: Is there a Difference?
As a husband looking to part ways with your wife, you may be tempted to seek out divorce attorneys for men only. There are some - although not a lot - divorce attorneys who focus on representing only men.
In reality, any experienced divorce attorney should be ready, willing and able to represent either gender in a divorce. However, you should always go with the attorney in whom you have the most confidence, with whom you feel most comfortable.
"Competent lawyers come in all sizes, shapes, genders, colors, religions and ages," according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a professional organization for experienced divorce attorneys. "None of these factors has anything to do with the lawyers ability."
Divorce Attorneys for Men
But a number of divorce attorneys choose to only serve men. They often site an article that was first published in now-defunct, conservative Insight magazine that said fathers are more likely than mothers to suffer gender bias in family courts.
The article quoted research that showed mothers represent 85 percent of parents awarded custody of their children. It said a Stanford University study of divorced couples found women are four times as likely to win full custody and that studies in Utah and Ohio showed fathers seeking custody are successful only about 10 percent of the time.
With that in mind, law firms serving primarily marketing their services to men started to pop up around the nation. A March 8, 2007, article in the Wall Street Journal chronicled the trend and reported that nearly every major city in the country had at least one firm devoted to representing fathers in divorce.
However, most professional organizations for attorneys, called bar associations, make no mention of the trend of hiring a divorce attorney for men, choosing to focus on tips for hiring based on the needs of the client, the rapport he may have with the lawyer and the lawyers experience.
Among the most important attributes your lawyer should have, according to the California Bar Association, is that:
- You and your lawyer have the same goals
- You understand your lawyer
- You are comfortable with his working style
- You have a clear picture of the expected timeline and when you can expect major developments
- You know how often your lawyer will contact you