It isn’t uncommon for a law firm to hear from clients seeking an attorney of a specific gender when they are looking to file for a divorce. Many clients feel like having a male or female attorney will somehow give them the upper hand with their case. But does it really matter? The answer is no.
Because a judge, not a jury, hears divorce cases, the sex of your attorney won’t make an impression. The judge is likely to only care about the attorney’s professionalism, ethics, and preparation—not their sex. That said, if you personally would feel more comfortable working with an attorney of a specific sex, then that is a perfectly acceptable reason. Your attorney is your guide throughout the divorce proceedings, which means it is essential to find someone you are comfortable working with.
So, what is the real thing to look for when searching for a divorce attorney? It is the experience, professional ethics, and personality of the attorney. You want to find an attorney that is able to properly communicate with you, your spouse’s attorney, and the court.