Unique procedures, subject matter and emotional dynamics differentiate family law from other practice areas and give the field its own array of case considerations. Effective representation and a healthy practice require lawyers to consider these factors at the start of any representation.

From the initial client interview, a family law attorney should identify the status quo regarding the parties’ living circumstances. As a practical matter, the status quo likely will matter to the judge at the temporary hearing, when she issues important interim orders regarding finances and children.

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