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Partners in love and law

by Carolyn Elefant on March 16, 2007 · 8 comments

in Solo Practice Trends, Work Life Balance

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We all know the song, Lawyers in Love, but did you ever wonder what happens to lawyers in love? With many of the dual lawyer couples whom I knew from the law school, once the couple had children, the woman either left the law or went on to an alternative career like teaching, while the man stayed in a high power job. That’s certainly one work-life balance possibility, but as this article, Couples in Law Are A Case Study in Work Life Balance points out, a number of husband and wife lawyer couples have discovered that starting a firm provides a way to spend time together. The article notes that these kinds of partnerships aren’t for everyone, but the lawyers profiled in the article do indeed seem happy together in life and law.

  • http://stayviolation.typepad.com/chucknewton/ Chuck Newton

    This is exactly true for my wife and I. We applied to law school together, we went to law school together, we took every class together. We took the bar together, we started a practice together, and we have reared our four children together.

  • http://stayviolation.typepad.com/chucknewton/ Chuck Newton

    This is exactly true for my wife and I. We applied to law school together, we went to law school together, we took every class together. We took the bar together, we started a practice together, and we have reared our four children together.

  • http://www.calemployeerightsblog.com James Peters

    I met my wife when we were clerking together at a firm and then worked as attorneys together at a second firm.
    I can’t imagine practicing any other way since we started our own firm last year. I think your spouse is often the best partner you can have, because there are no disputes about “who gets what” and partnership agreements–we both benefit from every dollar that comes into the firm.
    We are now expecting our first child in two months and it is a godsend that she can take as much time off as she needs. She can work unconventional hours without having to deal with the limits of FMLA and feeling guilty about not getting her work done because she can just give it to me.

  • http://www.calemployeerightsblog.com James Peters

    I met my wife when we were clerking together at a firm and then worked as attorneys together at a second firm.
    I can’t imagine practicing any other way since we started our own firm last year. I think your spouse is often the best partner you can have, because there are no disputes about “who gets what” and partnership agreements–we both benefit from every dollar that comes into the firm.
    We are now expecting our first child in two months and it is a godsend that she can take as much time off as she needs. She can work unconventional hours without having to deal with the limits of FMLA and feeling guilty about not getting her work done because she can just give it to me.

  • http://lawvibe.com Young Lawyer Blog Source

    Good to hear this – probably makes work even more enjoyable.

  • http://lawvibe.com Young Lawyer Blog Source

    Good to hear this – probably makes work even more enjoyable.

  • http://www.LawyersinLove.com Elena Albamonte

    Although people like to make fun of the idea, there are a lot of lawyers interested in dating and marrying other lawyers. LawyersinLove.com [the online dating site for lawyers] signed up over 2500 members in the past year alone — all verified lawyers and law students. But many people still like to make fun of the idea of lawyers dating other lawyers despite the statistics that indicate it is inevitable!

  • http://www.LawyersinLove.com Elena Albamonte

    Although people like to make fun of the idea, there are a lot of lawyers interested in dating and marrying other lawyers. LawyersinLove.com [the online dating site for lawyers] signed up over 2500 members in the past year alone — all verified lawyers and law students. But many people still like to make fun of the idea of lawyers dating other lawyers despite the statistics that indicate it is inevitable!

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