Your Divorce Attorney: Do You Need a Fox, a Lamb or a Pitbull?

The 2019 film “Marriage Story” earned rave reviews and Oscar nominations for its unflinching look at a couple battling for custody in a contentious divorce. Along with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as the estranged couple, their divorce attorneys stand out, too. Played by Alan Alda, Ray Liotta and Laura Dern (who won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her role), each lawyer handles the case very differently. They reflect three divorce attorney styles referred to as the Fox, the Lamb and the Pitbull.

How can you identify them, and which style of divorce attorney is right for your situation? If you’ve seen “Marriage Story”, you’ll recognize each lawyer’s style right away!

The Fox

A lawyer who thinks like a fox is strategic. She sees the big picture and stays a couple steps ahead while not tipping her hand. She considers the consequences of every action, including the impact on the client’s family. Foxes make every reasonable attempt to reach a fair settlement on their client’s behalf–but they are fully prepared to litigate in court if need be. With a savvy lawyer standing up for you, the client is more likely to end up with a satisfying outcome.

The Lamb

This type of lawyer may promise an amicable, painless, no-fuss divorce. They will seek to resolve your situation as easily and inexpensively as possible. At first, that might be a relief, especially if you and your spouse want to part on good terms. Be aware, however, that this type of attorney will try to avoid confrontation, even when justified. They may not stand up for their client’s best interests. To avoid negotiation or going to court, they are too eager to compromise. They are more likely to recommend you take a weak settlement offer that does not meet your needs.

The Pitbull

Some divorce lawyers fight for the sake of fighting–they attack and won’t stop until the opponent is defeated, no matter the cost to their client. For people struggling with a lot of anger about their impending divorce, a brash lawyer who promises revenge on the ex in court can seem very attractive. But beware: With an attorney who just loves to fight, you are in for a long, grueling, and very expensive process that is sure to hurt people you love. The self-styled “pitbull” attorney may reject a good settlement offer that is in the client’s best interest.

The attorneys at Jones Family Law Group provide compassionate, effective representation for our clients. Each of our attorneys is dedicated to finding solutions that meet each client’s goals. With a combined 30 years in family law, the attorneys at Jones Family Law Group, LLC, will provide the legal guidance you need. For questions or to schedule a confidential consultation, contact us today.