If you have separated from your ex-partner or spouse, it is likely your friends, family or the people around you have told you to engage a family lawyer. However, you may not be sure whether you should engage a family lawyer or not.
If this sounds like you, here are the top 5 reasons why you need a family lawyer during the process of separation.
- They act in your best interests. After separation, you may feel like there is no one on your side to support you and look after your interests. A family lawyer is obliged to act in your best interests and while they may sometimes give you advice that you may not want to hear, you can be assured that they will advocate for the best possible outcome for you.
- If your ex is not communicating with you. In an ideal world, after separation you and your ex will be able to communicate amicably and hopefully reach agreement about the division of your property and the care arrangements for your children. However, we know that this is often not the case. A family lawyer can help you communicate with your ex if they are not willing to communicate with you or if they are being difficult to negotiate with.
- If you do not know what you are entitled to. It might surprise you to know that family law in Australia does not provide for a default 50/50 division of your assets. In fact, by agreeing to a 50/50 division without engaging a family lawyer, you may be agreeing to a settlement that is not favourable to you. A family lawyer will be able to tell you what your legal entitlement is so that you can negotiate a property settlement or parenting agreement with confidence. It is even more important that you see a family lawyer if your ex is trying to force you into an agreement.
- If you have experienced or are experiencing family violence. We know that family violence appears in a variety of forms. If you have experienced family violence, whether in the past or ongoing, you may wish to engage a family lawyer who can give you advice to help you protect yourself and your family, and advocate for you if you feel unable to do so. They can also refer you to resources and services that can assist you further if that is required.
- Saves time and money. It may sound strange to say that engaging a family lawyer could save you time and money. However, a family lawyer could help you finalise a property settlement or care arrangements for your children without the need for costly and time-consuming Court proceedings. Further, if a family lawyer helps you formalise your property settlement or parenting arrangements, you can have confidence that the agreement you have formalised is binding and this will give you certainty for the future. By engaging a family lawyer, you can avoid the risks associated with formalising these significant life matters by yourself and the costs that may follow if this is not done properly.
A separation and family law dispute can quickly become a very stressful and emotional experience. Family lawyers are not just legal advisors; they are also your advocate and can help you feel comfortable and supported.
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If you require any assistance or guidance on any matter relating to separation, divorce, property settlement or children’s issues, please get in touch with our caring and experienced Family Law Team or call 1800 730 842 to speak with one of our family lawyers.