I've noticed that a certain American law firm (who I will not name) has recently been using its blog to announce to the world child custody cases that it has 'won'.
Now, I'm sure that this will impress some people, and may therefore even bring the firm some new clients, but it does not impress me.
For a start, even the worse law firm will from time to time achieve the result that its client is seeking, and to publicise those cases without reference to all of the other cases that the firm handles is meaningless in terms of indicating how good the firm is at its work.
More importantly, however, the idea of 'winning' in child custody work (or, for that matter, in any type of family work) is, I think, repugnant and archaic. We are not talking about money claims here, we are talking about the lives of children. To suggest that these cases are some sort of competition, with custody being the 'prize' that the court hands out is to miss the point entirely. The only thing that matters is what is best for the children. The terminology of 'winners' and 'losers' encourages a confrontational attitude in the parents, which ultimately can only be damaging for the children.
Of course, confrontational parents means more contested cases, and more fees for the lawyers...