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Do We Really Need Lawyers? – Part 3

Or, as an alternative title—”another slightly cynical, non-obvious way for a new lawyer to justify his existence.” Here’s the third (the first and second are here and here, respectively) and final installment thinking through Justice Alito’s recent statement that “Our country needs lawyers.” So what’s the third reason we need lawyers? We need lawyers because people are going to fight…

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Civil Law, Family Law, Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Do We Really Need Lawyers? – Part 2

Last week I started a three-part blog series to address Justice Alito’s recent statement that “Our country needs lawyers.” In Part 1, I explained that because lawyers spend their time resolving ambiguity, they allow everyone else to operate as though things were clear. The world can look black-and-white only because there’s been a lawyer to worry about the unavoidable grey-ness….

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Rejecting Conflict through Collaborative Law

Two weeks ago, I posted the trailer for the new documentary called “Divorce Corp.” The movie is a stinging indictment of the family-law system in Atlanta, Georgia. As I said then, I don’t think the situation in Arkansas has descended that low. I have not witnessed the widespread corruption and exorbitant fees here, and most of the family lawyers that…

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Pete Seeger and Family Law

After hearing about the passing of Pete Seeger, it took me about three seconds to know exactly how I might tie his life to a blog devoted to family law. In some ways family law is about redeeming bad decisions with better choices. It’s about hope. Ms. Allen may have made the wrong decision not to love the young man in…

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Conservatism Can’t Save Marriage

The Huffington Post’s “Divorce” section announced an interesting new study by Professor Jennifer Glass called “Red States, Blue States, and Divorce: Understanding the Impact of Conservative Protestantism on Regional Variation in Divorce Rates,” which will be published later this month in the American Journal of Sociology. Let me first say that I rarely agree with HuffPo bloggers on divorce issues, but I…

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"Redeeming" Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements tend to have a bad reputation, especially among Christians. To many, a “prenup” represents all the ugly aspects of our divorce-laden culture and reduces marriage to nothing more than a business transaction. And while I recognize that our culture is too flippant about divorce and far, far too concerned about money, Christians should not be so quick to…

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"Divorce Corp." Movie

“I think death would be easier than divorce.” Divorce Corp. is a new film by Joseph Sorge, who used his own experience in family court to make a documentary detailing the excesses of the divorce “industry”—the family lawyers, family law judges, and family law counselors that depend on each other for their livelihood. I am sure the film overstates the…

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Marriage as an Antidote to Poverty

Kathleen Parker posted an op-ed in today’s Washington Post about the relationship between poverty and marriage. According to her, strengthening marriages is one of the most effective ways that the government can help to end poverty. There is much that could be said about that and, given the now-964 comments since this morning, I guess a lot of people have…

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Right of First Refusal for Child Custody

As I recently said, the Arkansas legislature’s recent amendment to child custody laws by “favoring” joint custody has been met with a lot of confusion and criticism. Many Arkansas family lawyers and family law judges view the change as unhelpful because child custody situations are so fact-specific—there should not be a “one size fits all” presumption. The law now requires…

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