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Angry client said they are recording me. I don’t feel comfortable representing them after this. What would I indicate in my motion to withdrawal?

A former client is facing a new legal nightmare, and they're begging me to represent them pro bono. I genuinely care, but my caseload is already insane. How do you handle those heart-wrenching de… more

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📚Worth the Read 📚 Drop a link to a Family Law-related article, blog, book, whitepaper, or whatever else you think we should be reading!

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How do you deal with bat sh*t crazy opposing counsel? I have an OC on the file who truly should be in intensive therapy and is combative, unreasonable and nuts. How do I deal with this psycho? Help!

I'm finding it harder and harder to sympathize with clients who make obviously terrible choices, then cry for legal help to clean up the mess. Am I turning into a heartless lawyer, or is a dose of… more

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A high-profile case just landed on my desk, but it means sacrificing my weekends and evenings for the foreseeable future. It's a career boost, but is the burnout risk worth it?

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My current case management software is the bane of my existence. Seeking recs for something streamlined, intuitive, and designed with family law's complexities in mind.

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Had opposing counsel refer to me as "young lady" in court. I'm in my 30s. How do you handle those subtle digs without losing your cool?

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I think courts can be way too lenient on parents with substance abuse issues. It breaks my heart for the kids involved. Anyone else struggle with this?

Can I withdrawl from a client based on a disrespectful text message accusing me of not communicating?

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Just got an amazing job offer, but the firm is known for its toxic culture. Is a big paycheck worth the potential misery?

Do you think practicing family law makes you more or less cynical about relationships?

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Hello all. Has anyone worked for Modern Family? I’m interviewing with them they tomorrow and I want to know what it’s like/compensation/etc.

How can you have the benefits of being married without actually being married? Worried to spend 10+ with someone building a life together and then something tragic happening and I’m left alone. Or not… more

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I think prenups should be mandatory for everyone, not just the wealthy. It forces those tough conversations upfront. Am I crazy, or does this make sense?

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A hotshot young attorney is trying to poach my client with promises of a bigger settlement. I'm torn between warning my client and trying not to seem insecure. What would you do?

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If you practice exclusively or almost exclusively family law and domestic relations, what are your billable hours every year? (Either requirement or target). I’ve met several people from other states … more

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What's the biggest difference between working at a big firm and a small firm?

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Do you find it easy to "turn off" work mode when you leave the office?

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Very new family law practitioner. First family law proceeding today and judge ruled in favor of third party intervenor. Feeling so upset and defeated for my client who has worked so hard. Any tips for… more

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Is it normal for a firm to not offer dental as a benefit? If so, what do people usually pay monthly for dental insurance in California (southern cali) for a single premium?

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My clerk is crap and is now resulting in my clients firing me..management refuses to do anything about it. What the hell do I do?

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Any recommendations for time management software or productivity hacks that have actually helped you?

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If you could change one thing about family law, what would it be?

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I am registering an out-of-state order for a client in California. The package was returned in the mail to the court. I don’t know if the respondent purposely returned the package to the court or if I… more

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Vent session: Dealing with a social worker who clearly has biases impacting their custody evaluation. How do you navigate that without alienating someone important to the case?

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Just found out a case I worked on is the subject of a trashy true-crime podcast. I'm simultaneously mortified and intrigued. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Is it common for solo practitioners to offer little to no benefits? (San Diego) Trying to figure out if I should take an offer that only offer a contribution to medical benefits and minimal pto time.

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Had to explain to a client that their "foolproof" legal strategy from TikTok... yeah, it's not how the law actually works. How do you deal with clients getting bad info online?

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Discovered an amazing playlist for focus. Music is my productivity secret weapon. What do you listen to to get in the zone?

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Just got off a heartbreaking custody hearing. No matter the outcome, those kids are the ones who lose. How do you cope with the hard cases that stay with you?

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My paralegal is absolutely TERRIBLE! She’s got a reputation around the firm as being really bad at her job. She’s been passed around a lot and has worked for a lot of lawyers at my firm. It’s gotten t… more

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What is everyone’s billable rate in a mid sized city?

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Can I increase my billing rates on clients who have already signed contracts and require a new contract be signed?

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My client's parenting choices seem questionable, but I'm not the judge of fitness. How do you separate your personal biases from your job when advocating for a client?

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Anyone know of firms hiring in Houston?

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Should I feel bad about dropping a client towards the end of a case who can’t continue to pay? It looks like I would have to put in at least 15 more hours of work for free. At first I felt bad about t… more

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Client brought me homemade cookies as a thank you. Best part of my day by far. What are the little client gestures that brighten things up for you?

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Anyone else dream about case files at night? Or is it just me? My brain clearly doesn't understand the concept of "off hours." Not sure how to handle stress dreams?

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Had to stifle a laugh when my cat made a guest appearance in my Zoom meeting. Is working from home the best or the worst...or somehow both?

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