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Why choosing the right family lawyer can significantly impact the outcome of your separation

Why choosing the right family lawyer can significantly impact the outcome of your separation

​Seeing a lawyer for the first time can be a daunting and overwhelming experience, particularly when already facing the emotional stress of a separation. That is why choosing the right family lawyer from the start is such an important decision.

Getting sensible and realistic advice from an expert in family law early on could save you and your family a significant emotional and financial cost.

Too often we see clients who have had former solicitors that have given impractical advice and have left clients with unrealistic expectations. It is important that your lawyer is specialised in the area of family law as it is a complex area of law that is constantly developing. The Family and Federal Circuit Court of Australia are courts with a wide discretion and no two decisions are the same. Beware of the lawyer that guarantees a particular result! An expert in family law will be able to provide practical advice based on the legislation and current case law rather than using your case as a means to learn the area.

A good family lawyer will make a determined effort to explore alternative dispute options for settlement including mediation, Collaborative Practice and negotiation. Litigation should be a last resort. Settling a matter out of court can save parties both the emotional and financial cost of litigation and preserve the family unit. A good family lawyer will avoid protracted, unnecessary, hostile and inflammatory exchanges and give you balanced advice rather than acting as your ‘postman.’

Finally, you should feel comfortable with your family lawyer. Often legal matters take some time to resolve, so it’s important to choose a lawyer you feel comfortable with as you may have quite a bit to do with them.

To speak with one of our experienced family lawyers, contact our office today on 8227 1970.

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Family law, divorce, wills and estate specialists for Adelaide and South Australia.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Nothing in this blog should be deemed to create or constitute a solicitor-client relationship between any readers and Swan Lawyers. A solicitor-client relationship is created only when this firm agrees to represent someone and a written engagement agreement or engagement letter is signed by both the client and solicitor. In all cases, the reader should consult his or her own solicitor for advice. The information in this blog is based on Australian law.