May 13, 2020 Feature

Surviving Family Law: A Thinking Lawyer’s Guide to Tranquility, Fearlessness, and Freedom

Steven N. Peskind

Introduction

Trial lawyers operate in a world of turmoil. By design, the adversarial process is a competition between parties with divergent interests. While mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) look to resolve legal disputes harmoniously, some degree of legal conflict is the rule rather than the exception. While a legal conflict can range from mild to scorched-earth, litigants’ interests are rarely in perfect alignment. Particularly in family law cases, lawyers must manage conflicts for people who are often terrified, anxious, and suffering. Managing those personalities and their expectations can take a toll on a lawyer’s health and well-being.

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