Question: Thank you for joining us today, Mr. Ruben. Before we launch into our family law discussion, could you tell our readers about yourself?
Stephen B. Ruben: Certainly. I’m the Managing Director of Ruben Law Firm, and we serve clients in the greater San Francisco area and several surrounding counties. Our specific area of concentration is family law, and that includes most family-related issues: divorce, custody, alimony, child support, and litigation.
Q: Many of those issues sound quite unpleasant to deal with, yet you probably come across them every day. Would you say that’s one of the most difficult parts of your particular expertise?
Mr. Ruben: Absolutely, and there’s also the complexity of cases that we deal with. If you think about it, family law deals with family legal issues, and that amounts to almost anything. Family lawyers tend to have to learn a little bit about every area of law: real estate, bankruptcy, taxes, wills and trusts, you name it. Every case comes with challenging and complex variables to sort through.
Q: What role do human relationships play in family law cases?
Mr. Ruben: Easily the starring role. Client relationships can be exhausting as well as being rewarding, because these are people’s lives we deal with. We feel the need to be extra careful. Most divorces are ugly and affect not only adults, but children as well. We have to ask ourselves, what do the children in this case want? What can the parents provide? What does the law dictate we do?