Hi, I’m Lori Barkus, a lawyer who helps women divorce without getting screwed. Today I want to talk to you about the family court system and why that system is broken. There is a couple of reasons for that. One is because it operates under rules that do not feel fair to the people involved in that process. Another reason is that it could be faster and more efficient, especially by today’s standards. It takes a lot of time and a lot of money to get anything done through the court system. Even if you represent yourself, that’s true because of the required time, the amount of time you must take off from work, and other things. It just simply moves very slowly. The last reason is that most people, if they go through the court system, feel that they are not listened to, that they are subject to the biases of the judges that they are in front of, whether real or perceived, and they are left with the feeling that they got screwed by this entire system.
So, knowing all that, why does anybody go to court? Why would anybody do that? Well, many people listen to their attorneys, and these are either attorneys who are so inexperienced that they don’t know how to resolve a case or have no negotiating skills, so they want to go to court and have somebody else figure it out. Or they are hiring those aggressive attorneys who want to take their money, and they are; the court is a great way to do that because the more time, the more money the attorneys get since they bill by the hour, and they can take as much money as possible, often without any actual results. And the reason people end up in this situation is because they don’t think there is another way. They think that they’ll mediate or resolve the case, but then they have a spouse that’s just not resolving it with them, so they think this is what they must do. But there are other alternatives that I would like to talk to you about.
I’m offering two seminars on March 21 for those in the Miami area. The first of those is at noon in the Pinecrest area. That is geared towards stay-at-home moms, often at a tremendous disadvantage in the family court system. The second one is at 6 p.m. on Brickell. That is for women who are income earners and breadwinners, who also face extraordinary challenges when it comes to the process and, particularly, getting the help that they need because they are often talked down to by condescending male lawyers or other attorneys who don’t know how to help them.
If you are in a situation facing divorce or even considering it, I strongly encourage you to attend one of these presentations. Just to let you know, registration is required. To do that, visit my website at www.barkuslaw.com and click on the event tab. People who attend these events will be eligible to receive an exceptional offer for discounted legal services that will help you create the custom-tailored strategy you need to navigate this process, either on your own, in a mediation, or with a lawyer of your choosing. Thank you very much for your time. I wish you the best and hope to see you on March 24.