I’m thinking about leaving my government job for a matrimonial law firm. I had a baby in January & my husband’s job was hit particularly hard by the pandemic (100% commission based & I was already earning more than him). I am enticed by the compensation & have been unhappy with certain aspects of my govt job lately. But I’m also nervous about billables & firm life (I was a matrimonial lawyer 5+ years ago). Mostly I want to provide for my baby girl & not be stressed financially. Advice? Thoughts?

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IMO government work is more conducive for work life balance. I worked at a family law firm for 2 years, 150 billables per month, and the owner always wanted me in early and to stay late with some work on the weekends. This would never be an issue with government work. But my comment is relative to your time, not your pay. It depends on what you value more: money or time.

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Ugh I feel that! I don’t have children yet so my decision making factors are different. I salute your sacrifice.

Was the stress of billing not problematic? Also, I would think it would be hard to balance home life with firm life. Government seems more balanced in terms of a stricter “off” time.

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