Many of my clients are completely unfamiliar with Family Court and its processes. This is where a good attorney can make a big difference. An attorney who practices family law exclusively knows the local procedures, has a good working relationship with his or her colleagues, is familiar with the Judge's requests and communicates all of this to clients in language that the client understands. An important part of the job is explaining the scary unknowns, and putting the foreign language (that is legalese) into something understandable. Reality checks are also key; letting clients know that what they expect to happen may not be reasonable - one of the best services I can provide to my clients. For instance, Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state. Equitable does not mean equal or 50/50. This can be difficult for some to understand and appreciate.