A law practice is a relationship-oriented business. Family law however, often forges intimate relationships, as every aspect of clients’ lives can be brought into the legal arena. The “difficult” client, one with pre-existing problems handling life prior to the breakdown of a family or one having an emotional breakdown because of unresolved family conflict, can leave many of us wishing we could divorce our clients. Sometimes we do and sometimes we do not but should do so.
As with any challenging situation, greater understanding can lead to better representation and better decision-making about representing certain clients (and it can also help prevent the practitioner from becoming a difficult client).