Judge Paul Garfinkel of the 9th Judicial Circuit Family Court, Charleston County, SC, allowed me to share the following comments he made prior to a recent custody trial. As a family law practitioner for over 20 years, I find these words extremely insightful and wise.
COMMENTS FROM THE HONORABLE PAUL GARFINKEL PRIOR TO A CUSTODY TRIAL
"I want to make a few comments to you about how important it is to your family to resolve this case. I know that both of you sit here today; each of you are convinced of the merit of your own case and the righteousness of your own position. However, asking your attorney to convert your convictions and beliefs into evidence that will result in a verdict in your favor is asking for what I believe the most difficult task that a trial attorney can be required to do.