Family and Marital
Lori Barkus, P.A.
A desire for social justice. From an early age, I was taught to stand up for what was right, and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. I knew I wanted to do something to help people. Law had the greatest appeal to me because it allowed me not only to advocate, but to right the wrongs. That was what I believed when I was young and idealistic. Since then, I’ve learned that not every injustice can be righted, but that we must try to do so. The people I have had the opportunity to represent over the past 18 years have taught me invaluable lessons about the dignity and grace one can demonstrate while faced with adversity. It hasn’t been what I thought it would be, but it’s been far more than I imagined.
I can’t answer this question with any specifics due to confidentiality, but several come to mind. I work with a lot of clients who are paying permanent alimony and face inevitable situations where they cannot continue paying what was ordered or agreed to. I’ve seen people who lost everything, battled illness, addictions and faced things I don’t think I could personally handle. They all found a way back from their personal rock bottoms, and many had to re-define their self-images as well as what is important in life. This is why, to me, family law is so interesting. You are constantly connecting with and learning from your clients, while helping them find a resolution.