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Oct 27

The Lawyers are the Only Winners in Family Court

Father of two has run out of money, even though he represented himself. He was forced to spend a $30,000 retirement fund to pay for a Guardian Ad Litem to represent the children.

Elaine Mickman, of Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, said legal costs in her divorce and child custody case have totaled about $1 million, including $125,000 for experts including a guardian ad litem and four psychologists. The mother of three adults and two minors said she’s worried about losing her home because she’s running out of money.

It seems the lawyers evaluate their clients prospects based on their bank balances rather than the merits of the case or on ensuring the best outcome for all involved.

A Connecticut task force has been appointed to review the high legal costs in child custody cases while other states are experimenting with mediation services.

Full article here.

 


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