The thing about perceptions is that once they’re ingrained, there’s not much that can be done about them in the short term. It doesn’t matter if you tell someone that the way they think about a certain thing is wrong and that you have facts to back it up because they’ve already made up their mind. In fact, there was a recent study that was published showing that when people are confronted with facts that contradict their views of a subject, their views actually get more entrenched. In other words, people who are completely wrong about something will only believe it more if you try to tell them that they’re wrong. Apparently, people don’t like to be told they’re wrong.
This why the world of family law having a perception problem is a particularly bad thing for the industry. No matter how much they scream at people that it’s not what they think or how many facts they show people that they’re wrong, people are going to continue going on believing what they want to believe.
So what’s the problem with family law? For starters, people think that they’re running up rates just because they can. When a person hires a family law attorney, they do so knowing that the more work they have for the attorney the more they are going to have to pay them. For example, if their divorce hearing gets put off and put off, or if more things come up that the lawyer has to handle, they have to work more on the client’s case and thus bill them for more hours and more money. The problem that family law has right now is that many people think lawyers are running up their bill just so they can make more money off of their customers. People believe that lawyers are essentially creating more work or trying to draw things out just so they can make more money. Even if most lawyers are good people and they aren’t doing this, the fact remains that people believe it to be true. Thus, if family attorneys can’t get this perception turned around in a hurry, they find it harder to get consistent work.
The second perception problem that family lawyers are dealing with is the perception of families that the courts have. The courts think that families are what they were a few decades ago, but families have changed a great deal. Thus, what once worked in helping a person get custody doesn’t really apply to many people living today. For some family lawyers, they’re having a hard time catching up in this ever-changing world. While you might be inclined to feel bad for family lawyers, many of them are so good at their jobs that their clients would never believe they were trying to essentially steal money from them. That’s because there are still plenty of great lawyers out there like the Law Office of John Waters that would never do such a thing. Integrity isn’t just something they believe in, it’s who they are.