Often the thought is that when there's a divorce, it's the wife that needs to lawyer up and make sure her rights are represented. It is likely that this is how a majority of attorneys are marketing themselves, someone to stand up for a woman's rights and get her everything that she is entitled to.
But what about the guys?
Some attorneys have realized that men are not always being served properly in divorce situations, with those not specializing missing points that could help with issues like visitation and property division, according to The Wall Street Journal. The specialization also helps to deal with the biases and challenges that can face men in a divorce situation.
While the laws are gender neutral, men may need a specialist that understands the potential biases of local judges and knows the best way forward when faced with questions of property division and child custody.
For example, Texas public policy favors joint custody when there is a divorce. However, there is always the possibility of the court's decision regarding the best interests of the child could be biased towards a mother, often the main caretaker of the child during marriage. A best interests analysis looks at, among other things, the wishes of a child, the health of parents, and the need for a continuation of a stable home environment.
As far as property division is concerned, there is a 50/50 split in Texas, but leaves space for the judge's discretion. The "fairness" clause could leave open the option to allow a judge to award more property to the spouse that is seen as more deserving.
Without an experienced lawyer advising them, many a man could place themselves on the losing end of these equations by their actions.
All in all, these divorce lawyers for men could certainly help them avoid mistakes and make good decisions when it comes to issues surrounding divorce.
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