We note on our website at the proven Connecticut law firm of Berdon, Young & Margolis that our attorneys take "a rational approach to family law."
That implies a certain perspective, of course. Fundamentally, we strive to keep focused on mindful advocacy that always takes account of human feelings and relationships. To be sure, family law matters can sometimes be tough, but that doesn't mean that empathetic lawyers can't remain committed "to civility and firm-but-fair representation" in dealing with them.
Rational advocacy entails counsel that seasoned family law practitioners think might reasonably benefit their clients. That can sometimes result in a recommendation that at first blush strikes a certain individual or family members in less than a positive way.
Such an outcome is far from an anomaly in family law, where subject matter often encompasses topics that are volatile and at the very core of intense human interaction. Just think child custody, for example, or a couple's negotiations surrounding an equitable division of marital assets.
Much about family law can require a "breathe deeply and then consider" approach. Proven attorneys will always discuss ideas and strategies that they think their valued clients might suitably act upon and benefit from, even if an initial response is likely to be objected to.
That reject-then-reconsider premise is often evidenced in uppercase with marital contracts, specifically prenuptial agreements. We know that some of our readers wince when that subject matter emerges. We also stress from experience, though, that many individuals and families across Connecticut benefit from discussing and ultimately drafting prenups that carefully reflect mutual understanding on key family matters.
Prenuptial contracts are - for good reasons - growing in popularity nationally, although some misconceptions continue to swirl around them. We will take a look at some of those in next week's blog entry.