Are “Divorce for Dads” Law Firms Needed?

are divorce for dads law firms needed

A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed a niche form of law practice tailored specifically to men who are going through a divorce.

These “divorce for dads” law firms focus on helping husbands through divorce proceedings under the premise that men are generally at a disadvantage when it comes to child custody, financial and property disputes.

The theory that women are favored in family court is one that has existed for decades. Whether that is true remains in question. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers president Ken Altshuler notes that fathers have “a lot of rights” nowadays and that most states have laws that aim to be gender-neutral.

Take child custody as an example: In North Carolina, the courts focus on determining what is in the best interest of the child.

Detractors, however, claim that fairness to men all depends on the judge you get. They also hold that there’s still a societal tendency for women to be perceived as the more capable parent and less financially stable in divorce proceedings.

Is a boutique divorce practice catering to men worthwhile? Many attorneys do well in carving out a niche and marketing to that target audience, and it can work. However, the most important thing when it comes to finding the divorce lawyer for you depends entirely on finding the person you are most comfortable with.

If you’re a dad and are worried about having your interests protected due to gender stereotypes, ask your potential lawyer if he or she has experience representing men in divorce cases. Ask what the challenges may be in the divorce process as a man and find out what strategies the lawyer may employ to avoid those disadvantages.

To learn how the Raleigh, NC attorneys at Charles R. Ullman & Associates helps both husbands and wives who are going through a divorce, call (877) 589-6937or contact us online for a consultation.


Charles Ullman & Associates provides you respected, experienced and knowledgeable divorce and family law attorneys. You can trust us to help you through the legal process efficiently and effectively so you can transition to the next phase of your life. Our community involvement reaches beyond charitable support of important causes. We launched our own movement in Fraternities4Family and provide scholarships to able students in need.