I grew up hearing it all the time.  Heck, I heard everybody in my family use the words "honey," and "darlin" as terms of endearment every single day.  I have to admit that even I have used the terms when speaking to my wife.  According website Newsinfo, the American Bar Association made a revision to the Ethics Rule that forbids comments or асtіоnѕ that single out ѕоmеоnе оn the basis оf rасе, religion, ѕеx, disability and other fасtоr in a professional setting (court, mediation room, etc.).

This is short of an outright national ban on such language in the courtroom all together.  Several states have enacted a ban, but nationally the revision falls short of such absolute language.  However, this does give those who feel victimized by this kind of speech a legal foothold to fight with.

Personally, I think that kind of speech is best left to close friends and family.  I'll call my wife "darlin" or "sugar-face," but that's about it.  Otherwise, I suggest sticking to peoples names.  Or a universal name you use because you have a terrible memory.  Something like "sport" or "you."