Should You Marry a Lawyer? - A Couple's Guide to Balancing Work, Love and Ambition tackles the very real issues faced by couples in relationships where one of the partners is an attorney. Author Fiona H. Travis, Ph..D., a psychologist who is married to a lawyer, offers an insightful perspective to the often complicated marital relationships that involve attorneys. For practical purposes, however, the book does not exclusively address itself to individuals who are considering marrying a lawyer but assumes, for the most part, that the reader is already married to one.
For someone who is actually asking him or herself the question, "Should I marry a lawyer?" this book is a real eye-opener because it exposes many of the difficulties and deficiencies inherent in relationships between lawyers and non-lawyers or between two lawyers. Because Ms. Travis believes that lawyer/non-lawyer relationships are more problematic than those involving two lawyers, the bulk of her book addresses the former relationship. The book is an invaluable resource for anyone who ultimately decides to marry someone engaged in the practice of law.
Throughout the book, Ms. Travis points out that because of their particular type of training, lawyers are in a very distinct and separate class from most other people. Lawyers are taught to think and act in a way that is more logical and analytical, and the skills they utilize as attorneys are often the very traits that can cause their personal relationships to suffer. Unless, of course, they happen to be married to other attorneys.
Ms. Travis argues that it is the lawyer/lawyer relationship that is most likely to succeed
, apparently because there tends to be a mutual understanding between attorney spouses about the driving forces that cause them to respond to each other in typical lawyer-like fashions. They are therefore better equipped to negotiate marital differences of opinion and to appreciate a lawyer's demanding work schedule.
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