How to Measure Family Law

We are often presented with an issue or problem and are asked “what do you think my chances are?” 99% of the lawyers respond by saying “there is no way I can predict an outcome.” I understand the general sentiment with this statement but our firm approaches things differently than other firms and lawyers. We believe that you can measure the issues in your family law case. “Anything can be measured. If a thing can be observed in any way at all, it lends itself to some type of measurement method.” Douglas W. Hubbard, How to Measure Anything, Wiley and Sons 2007. We believe in this applied information economics approach. That is why we work on measuring family law issues for clients, for the other side and for the courts.

Here is a quick example of what this looks like in a real world situation. Suppose a mother and father are fighting over custody of a child issue. The dispute is boiled down to the difference of one day. We begin by prioritizing the options of this dispute for our client. Knowing the client’s priorities in the context of the options available give us the first step in measuring the outcome.

Let’s say that the client’s top priority is to save money and avoid court. Having this prioritized option allows us to then shape the question to the other side. Thus, in discovery, we develop questions that are designed to give us insight into the priority options of the other side. After further assessment, let’s say that the other side’s priority is to get the extra day. Knowing both sides prioritized options allows us to formulate solutions based on these priorities. We then can formulate options that are then measured with our unique measurement processes to present a rational option to the judge that is validated through mathematical principles.

There is much more to the process but this general overview gives you a better understanding of the framework we use to create options for our clients. This measured approach helps our clients make the most rational decision that will best situation their lives and future. If you would like more information on how you can measure your family law case then contact us at or call us at 505-880-8737.