I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal about divorce lawyers who only represent men. I was curious – how do these lawyers get better results for their male clients? Is there a different approach based on the gender of the client?
Lawyers Carve Out ‘Divorce for Men’ Niche – WSJ.com
There was a time where there was some bias against men in divorce proceedings. It was commonly understood that the mother would be awarded custody and that the husband would pay alimony and child support.
However, times have changed. Now, fathers have equal rights to their children and divorce laws are gender neutral.
I do agree that men are awarded alimony less often than women are. But this is not a product of bias or discrimination but rather reflects the reality that, on average, men still tend to earn more than women do. And there is an increasing trend of men receiving spousal support when the financial circumstances of the spouses support such an award.
To be sure, there are women who prefer to hire women lawyers and men who prefer male lawyers. But this is usually the client’s preference based on the expectation that the lawyer and client can relate better if they are the same gender.
Experience. Knowledge of the law. Preparation. Good reputation.
These qualities are likely more valuable to a favorable outcome.
It is all about the quality of representation. A good lawyer will get good results for their divorce client regardless.
I am not convinced of the need for such specialists but I welcome feedback from those that practice in this niche area as well as those who have hired a male divorce specialist.