“Should we stay together for the sake of the kids?”
When I meet with a new client, I try to determine whether or not my services are actually necessary, or whether sending the client to a qualified mental-health professional for counseling may be a better use of the community’s funds. After being with the same man for 28 years myself, I realize that marriage is an entity unto itself that is extremely jealous of the individuals at times, and it needs constant attention and nurturing to be successful. I always tell my clients in their initial interview that, while I may make a living off divorces, I am truly not a divorce advocate. I believe that if I can direct my clients to whatever resources to assist them in repairing their relationships, they will be just as happy with my services as if I fought their battle for them in the courtroom. Of course, when divorce is the only option, then I’m there for them as well.
Sondra Kaighen practices all aspects of family law — including divorce, child custody, modification, and adoption — in Houston.