In its enforcement, the lawyer, as an officer of the court, occupies a top position of responsibility. The opportunity to deter, and perhaps prevent, the ultimate dissolution of the family comes first to him, and carries with it, a challenge to his patience, tolerance and particularly to his concept of social service. When pursuit of divorce and consequent family disorganization appears unavoidable, counsel is accorded a further opportunity to minimize expenses, avoid scandal and bitterness, and to plan the future welfare of the minor children and the estranged spouses. In performing this task he seeks to evaluate how the court may view the available evidence, and what it might do in awarding custody and alimony, ever mindful of the fluidity of the trial court's authority.

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