Being a family law attorney is not like what you see on television legal dramas. The fast cars, designer clothing and dramatic court scenes are there to bring in viewers. What we as family lawyers do on a typical day is not the stuff of Hollywood. It is more of counseling, educating, and advocating. And the little things.
It's not only the big things that make the difference in clients' lives. It's in the little details. Reviewing hundreds of pages of bank records in a divorce or support case. Finding out what makes each child special and unique when doing parenting plans. Helping your client to work out a budget so that she can see it may be possible to do what she had hoped. Listening to your client when he describes the pain he is feeling when he cannot be there 100% of the time for his children. Assisting your client when she is overwhelmed by all of the paperwork. And knowing when to call in other experts to help.
The reason I know that these things make a difference is that my clients tell me. Yes they want to know the law and yes they want me to get them the best possible result. But they also want me to help them get through the process, the day to day minutiae that is completely unglamorous. That is why my role as counselor speaks to me the most.