You may be familiar with the phrase, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” from popular legal shows on television. This phrase basically means that you cannot claim “I didn’t know that was illegal” as an adequate defense when charged with a crime. But, for the purposes of this article, Williamson, Clune & Stevens, a family law firm in Ithaca, Syracuse and Cortland, wants to use this phrase to stress the importance of knowing the law when family-related issues arise.
Family Law is an area where many people have little or no knowledge. Unless you have been through a divorce or custody proceedings with your children, you likely do not understand how the law applies in various situations. It is this lack of knowledge that can lead to misunderstandings, false assumptions, emotional decisions and contentious battles within families.
Men and Their Emotions
Men are designed to be more physical and our emotions can affect that part of our psyche. Some men rely on physical intimidation or loud speech to manipulate situations where they may actually be intimidated or in the wrong. Decisions or actions precipitated by heated emotion based on ignorance are sure pathways to disaster and long-term consequences.
This can often be seen during negotiations concerning family matters, divorce, support and custody negotiations. Men who are accustomed to getting their way in other settings through loud talk and intimidation may become decidedly unhappy when the negotiating divorce attorneys in Ithaca, Syracuse and Elmira from Williamson, Clune & Stevens are not intimidated nor moved.
Knowledge is Power
Men in New York State can save themselves some time, hassle and potential negative consequences by educating themselves in Family Law and knowing how the laws of our state apply in their particular situation. This knowledge gives you power to negotiate from a position of strength that does not rely on bluster and noise.
Marshalling the facts and using them to your advantage allows for calm deliberations that can often lead to equitable and beneficial solutions for your entire family. And at the end of the day, this is what every parent wants – male and female – the best for your children and family. Avoid contentious battles and emotion-driven fits and appeals by learning how the law operates and protects you and your family.
Williamson, Clune & Stevens – Family Law Firm in Ithaca, Syracuse and Cortland
Men who find themselves involved in family law matters like divorce and child custody need solid, knowledgeable legal representation. Your rights and desires matter, and with the right law firm to represent those interests, you stand a better chance of reaching a fair resolution to the problems facing your family.
Contact Williamson, Clune & Stevens today and let one of our divorce attorneys in Ithaca and Elmira begin educating you on the Family Law that applies to your situation and how we can use it to your advantage. You can depend on our seasoned attorneys to represent you with dignity, privacy and skill in all sorts of divorce, custody and support-related proceedings.