Lawyers should be ashamed in Aquilini divorce case

I just read about the big divorce trial of Francesco Aquilini (one of the owners of the Vancouver Canucks) and his wife Taliah. They are fighting over a $615,ooo wine collection. It is a chilling story of a mother of 4 children who was a stay-at-home-mom for 20 years and has absolutely no income except that given to her by her husband. She (like many women in this situation) had to hire an expensive lawyer to fight in the courts for suppoprt for her and her children. We lawyers should be ashamed.  We know what is really going on. We know exactly what a court is likley to decide (give or take a few thousand dollars) yet we participate in these absurd ego-driven battles. Where are all the lawyers who stand up to their clients and say, “Although your actions are permitted by law, they will harm your wife, your children and untimately you. Perhaps you could choose to take the high road?” Just becasue we lawyers are stuck with a somewhat brutal adversarial system, could we urge our clients to do a bit less harm? This is partly why I call myself a recovering lawyer. Who can stomach it? [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][News Source: Vancouver Sun 24 Jan 2013]


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