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A Lesson in Love and Forgiveness Why We’re Adding a Family Law Division
Sitting down to write this November edition, I was tempted to stick to the same old formula. Thanksgiving is this month, I thought. Why not talk about my childhood memories of the holiday, like how my dad would cook the turkey on a Weber grill all day long and how the only downside was that we had to smell the delicious seasonings all day? But then it occurred to me that not everyone’s childhood Thanksgiving experiences are positive ones. For families who have been touched by divorce, the holidays can be an especially rough time of year. Just figuring out the logistics of custody during celebrations can be difficult, to say nothing of the emotional toll parents and children have to struggle with. I owe my perspective on this to my wife, Nicole, whose parents divorced when she was quite young. For years now, Nicole has campaigned for Keystone Law to add a family law division. We’ve all seen just how much damage crooked lawyers can do in this field, so she wants to see us make a difference for families who are struggling through one of the toughest times in their lives. Well, her wish is about to come true. Beginning this month, Keystone Law Firm will begin accepting a limited number of family law clients. I have already recruited some outstanding family law professionals to the Keystone team, ones who understand that our family law division will not operate like a typical divorce firm that churns the clock and drags out the process. Just as we hold ourselves to a high standard of ethics when it comes to estate planning, we are challenging ourselves to take the high road when it comes to divorce. This is about more than keeping a promise to my wife, which is surely important to me. Overall, this additional division will help us serve you and your families better than ever before. Family and estate law are deeply intertwined; at the end of the day, they both boil down to the most important relationships in your life. Now more than ever before, we are able to stand with you as you allocate your resources and plan your legacy. In practice, this means that we won’t take cases where parents want to use a child as a pawn or where one spouse wants to use the legal system to exact their revenge. All of our legal strategies will be based on the interests of the children’s well-being and emotional needs and helping clients move on to their “New Beginnings.” We know divorce is profoundly painful and deeply personal, but we also believe that in the majority of cases, amicable partings are possible.
Crucially, we will have resources available to help our clients and their former spouses plan and maintain effective co-parenting strategies. When properly executed, these can make life easier on your children and the legal proceedings less traumatic for everyone. Remember that how you treat your kids should never be about your spouse; it should always be about the kids. Divorce is hard enough on kids as it is. No one needs to be put through the emotional gauntlet that some kids are forced to endure. No family is perfect, and separating is sometimes the best option for everyone involved. While this will never be easy on children, there are steps lawyers and parents can take to respect their child’s agency and emotional needs. Thanks to Nicole, we’ll do our part to implements these changes. And thanks to her, I now understand the important role lawyers have to play in this process, and I’ve also gotten a chance to see how we can make a difference for these families. Bringing it all back to Thanksgiving, I know what I’m grateful for this year. Nicole, you’ve inspired me in so many ways throughout our time together. The way that you’ve shouldered the experience of your childhood and then turned it into a force for good through this new division at Keystone Law is humbling beyond words. You are a warrior. Thank you for always pushing me to be the best lawyer and the best man I can be.
-Francisco P. Sirvent Attorney & Problem Solver at Law™
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