“I knew then not to pay attention—let
the judge tell you [if you’ve lost],” she says.
Thanks in part to that early victory,
López Aguilera has always had an interest
in fathers’ rights work. She says the
gender bias toward men has decreased
over the past decade, coinciding with an
increased interest by fathers in gaining
custody. “I think we have a lot more dads
coming forward who want to be at least
50/50—if not more,” she says. “Dads are
understanding more, people are becoming
more educated. I think lawyers are willing
to go that extra mile and try to get the
Over the years, López Aguilera has had
to learn how to leave the stress of family
law in the courtroom. “I am sensitive
and respectful of what clients are going
through,” she says, “but I’m much more
mature. It doesn’t help anyone to take it
home—especially when you have a 4-year-
old who has no interest in what you did
today, and wants all your attention.”
López Aguilera has strong legal ties
with the LGBT community. “I participate
in Pride every year, and I’ve made it known
in my marketing that we’re friendly—that
we’re an ally,” she says.
In the wake of legalized same-sex
marriage, she has updated advice for
those clients. “I think one thing I’ve seen,
perhaps, is folks assuming that they don’t
have to protect themselves as much,”
she says. “We’re still advising folks to do
“Which is as it should be, like anybody
second-parent adoptions until we have
something definite, either through case law
or through statute.”
Indiana’s Latino population makes up 38
percent of López Aguilera’s client base. As
a native Spanish speaker, she can raise the
comfort level for those clients: “For many
years in our community, they had English-
speaking attorneys who had bilingual
staffs,” she says. “So much does get lost
in translation, so it’s important that their
attorney speaks their native tongue.
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