This thread is depressing! I was a lawyer before going on mat leave and unfortunately my son was injured and needed surgery when I was due to return to work. I asked for an extension of my maternity leave which was denied so I had to resign because I was NOT going to just leave my son at that time. I realised then that lawyer is not a family friendly career. I don't want to work somewhere where they expect me to prioritise my work over my own child - that's disgusting. My child will always come first for me. I also realised that I couldn't put my child into daycare full time (no judgement to those who do but it's just not for me). I want to be there to drop my son of at school everyday and pick him up, help him with his homework, take him to extra curriculars, attend every concert, sports day and fair or whatever.
So I'm retraining to be a mediator and will work for myself. That way I can make my own hours, work when I want to work, take time off when I want to take time off and not have to explain myself to anybody. And it's still a well regarded position so it's not as bad as taking a junior position like legal secretary or paralegal for better flexibility. If I wanted to work as a registrar, tribunal member or magistrate for example having been a lawyer and a mediator would be a good mix of experience. Or so I'm told.
The flip side is of course I will not make as much money and it will be inconsistent. I'm lucky that DH earns well so we can live. But I can't wait to start working because any extra money will be really great right now!