Can they restrict you from anything?
It's a good question.
Just saw a piece of content where a law firm was promoting its firm.
It wasn't a blurb, or a tweet.
It was a full-length article.
The very first sentence in the article made a huge mistake. It asked the reader a hypothetical question. The end of the question ended in:
"...parental responsibilities awarded by the divorce attorney?"
Did you catch the mistake?
The article then proceeds to describe this.
I had to draw the line and say something.
Now, assuming, this is just another outsourced piece of content and someone made a mistake in their English -- let's hope this gets corrected and fast!
If not, then it's giving lawyers way more credit, and dare I even say, "power" than is due.
Divorce attorneys do not grant anything. They have no power to grant anything.
The court awards parenting time and responsibilities -- not the attorneys.
Later in the article it goes on to say that divorce attorneys "may restrict the the other parent from..."
Also, the attorneys do not restrict a parent from anything.
They can simply draw up the paperwork on behalf of their client and speak on behalf of their client in the court room and request that the court honor the paperwork they submitted.
It's up the court to decide if they want to grant the request to "award" or "restrict" anything.
I wrote a note to the original poster and asked them to either show the statutes proving lawyers somehow have this new mystical power (because maybe in that state I wasn't just familiar with it) or to pretty please correct their content.
When I was done, it was still bothering me, so I called the firm and left an after-hours voice mail.
I'm not a legal professional, but I do know about the systems, and I've been through family court more than once.
There's no need to mislead potential clients - even by accident.
There's part of me that doesn't believe this wording is an accident. But it all honesty, it probably is.
We'll see if the content piece gets updated or not. If it does, I'll update this email/posting to reflect it.
And that's why it's even more important for you, as an individual, as a non-legal professional to learn everything you can for yourself. The legal course is comprehensive and teaches you layer by layer.
All for fraction of retaining a lawyer (especially one who may believe they have the power to "award" or to "restrict" anything!)
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UPDATE: a few business days later, this content was removed completely. Whole article. Gone. I would have been happy with them just updating it, but they removed it instead. Probably wanted to review it for further accuracy. I'm guessing it was a content-hiccup issue.