Client’s Indecision Can Cripple a Family Court Case; Know Your Rights AND Know What You Want to Accomplish

Client’s Indecision can Cripple a Family Court Case

By M. J. Goodwin


It is important for a client to know what he or she wants to accomplish in Family Court.  This may seem obvious, but it is a recurrent problem with Family Court litigants.  For example, a client may say “I want a divorce” but has not thought out the details of where he will live, who will pay the house payment while the house is being listed for sale, who will pay the car insurance, how much is an appropriate amount of alimony.  The devil is in the details.

I get a lot of calls from people who want to “know their rights.”  But few from people who have thought out what the goals that they want to accomplish are.

I can advise clients on what is typical, what has been considered reasonable by judges in the past and what is possible. However, I cannot make the decisions for the client.

It is important for a client to carefully consider all their options, after having competent legal advice.  And most importantly, the client must know what he or she wants to accomplish in Family Court.  Legal knowledge, combined with common sense, is the best way to resolve a Family Court dispute.

You can reach me by email at or by phone at 864-375-0909  if you want to discuss your Family Court goals.



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