It is no longer enough to rely on stale, outdated legal maxims. Gone are the days of custody to mom; $300.00 per month in child support; spousal support for stay-at-home moms to terminate in three years; and all the other quaint practices that have been eclipsed by complex business arrangements, complicated tax issues, divergent parenting arrangements and intricate support concepts.
It is my thesis that family law lawyers of the 21st century must face a future that has already arrived, arm themselves with new, bold principles and eschew the unsophisticated strategies of the past. Thinkers, great and small have mused about the future in terms that are pertinent to today’s family law lawyers:
“The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed.” William Gibson, author
“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X
“The future depends upon what we do in the present”. Mahatma Gandhi
“The future ain’t what it used to be”. Yogi Berra
“The future is much like the present, only longer”. Dan Quisenberry, Pro Athlete
In a world of IPads, IPods, blackberries and other sophisticated devices, the pace expected of family law lawyers has also accelerated which, in turn, has heightened the pressure for lawyers and clients alike.
All of this is occurring while the family justice system is collapsing under the weight of it all. Experts all over the world agree that the solution is mediation and arbitration, leaving the court system only for the very wealthy, who can afford it.
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang