As adults, there are plenty of things we don’t want to think about as well as some things we would really rather not do. In reality, however, avoidance doesn’t solve anything. It simply delays the inevitable and in some circumstances, procrastination makes matters worse.
If you and your spouse have separated and have failed to reach agreements on property, financial or parenting matters, you may have thought about consulting a family lawyer. And then you may have pushed the thought aside, telling yourself that it would be too expensive or that it wouldn’t really help.
Alternatively, you may have a false sense of security. Perhaps you and your spouse are still on (relatively) good terms so you’re convinced you can settle everything on your own. Or perhaps you don’t think you need a lawyer based on what you’ve heard about separation and divorce from friends, relatives and co-workers who have gone through it. In your complacency, you may think that by handling everything on your own, you’ll save time and money.
In truth, seeing a family lawyer not only helps you save time and money, but may also lead to quicker resolution of your case. Here’s how it can help.
Assistance with unresolved parenting matters
If you are concerned about unresolved parenting matters, our qualified, compassionate family lawyers can address the relevant issues. Once we have assessed your case, we can provide comprehensive legal advice about the contents of your parenting agreement, based on your unique circumstances. We can also answer any questions you may have regarding custody and visitation, and facilitate communication with your former partner or his/her lawyer. Most importantly, we will help you make decisions that accommodate your children’s best interests.
Help with unresolved financial issues
Even if you don’t have children, separation and divorce can be emotionally grueling. This is usually so when former spouses are unable to agree on financial and property matters from the beginning. If you and your ex are currently at odds over these issues, you may think it’s impossible to move forward. However, our family law team can address your questions and concerns about:
- Any assets, liabilities and financial resources to be divided between you and your spouse or partner (this information is essential in the determination of who gets what);
- specific types of contributions (financial and non-financial) that you and your former spouse made prior to, during and after your relationship;
- your need for financial support on an interim basis and how to get it (if applicable);
- any long-term needs that you and your former spouse may have that warrant consideration, such as care of young children, or health conditions.
General benefits of consulting a family lawyer
One of the most important things to keep in mind when going through separation or divorce is that no two couples – and no two sets of circumstances – are identical. All of the helpful advice you’ve received from separated friends or divorced co-workers may not apply to your situation. By following it rather than consulting a legal professional, you could end up making some very costly mistakes. In particular, you risk proceeding without being aware of your legal rights and entitlements. This means that your separation could take a bigger toll on your purse strings and your psyche, thereby costing you a lot more in the long term (both emotionally and financially).
However, our family lawyers are expertly trained and equipped to provide advice based on your unique circumstances. Depending on your needs, a family lawyer can provide guidance regarding:
- Alternative dispute resolution (if applicable);
- the potential outcome of your case based on the facts;
- how to reach a fair and just outcome;
- required processes prior to negotiations.
Just as importantly (if not more so) our family law team will make you aware of any immediate steps you should take to protect yourself, your property or your children based on the specific circumstances of your case. We will also make you aware of your general legal rights and provide the tools you need to make informed decisions.
The bottom line…
As experienced and knowledgeable family lawyers, we are well aware of how difficult it can sometimes be to seek our help after separation. We know it can be scary. However, we cannot stress enough how important it is to find a family lawyer who can address your specific needs. If need be, bring a friend or family member to your first appointment for support and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Our family law team makes sure that each and every person has the information and tools they need to make informed decisions. If you need comprehensive legal advice and representation to resolve your family law matter, we are here to help. Don’t put it off any longer. Contact us today on 1300 285 888.