Tips and considerations for seeking relevant & appropriate family law advice
Would you trust your home electrical work with an untrained electrician? Or send your children to be educated by a teacher without experience or the right qualification? The same can be said for family law legal advice. Ensuring you engage an expert in family law will save you time, reduce stress and hopefully get you the desired outcome for your case.
Relationship and family law issues are not only complex but also one of the most emotional areas that you are likely to need legal support. Family law is challenging for all parties. Talking to a Family Lawyer and paying for expert legal advice will help you to clarify your situation and give you clear direction on your rights and responsibilities.
In this article we explore the pitfalls you should be aware of when seeking off the cuff advice from lawyers not experienced in family law and also share some tips for engaging the best family law professional for your needs.
Family law experts vs. off the cuff advisors
While all advice is usually given with best intentions, taking advice from individuals who are not specialists in family law can lead to a domino effect of issues should you need to head to family law court.
Family law covers many areas including starting and ending relationships, property disputes & divorce, surrogacy, same sex relationships and mixed parenting families; as such family lawyers have a multifaceted understanding of all matters of family law.
Drawbacks of off the cuff advice include:
- Advice is often unrealistic and in many cases not correct or viable
- No vested interest in the outcome of your circumstances
- No representation should you need mediation or to appear in court
- Little to no understanding of the psychology of all of those involved
- Not always up to date with the current law and cases
Features of engaging a qualified family lawyer
There are a range of benefits for engaging a family lawyer which are outlined below:
Family law knowledge
A lawyer’s understanding of the many loopholes of family law can have a major effect on your case. An experienced family lawyer makes a living convincing people of their client’s demands. Without the legal advice of an experienced lawyer you might miss or misrepresent facts that can prove detrimental to your case.
Understanding of family law
A practiced family lawyer can provide a clearer understanding of the law and the judicial procedure and will present all the facts in a proper manner and support your rights.
Due to emotional stress you might ignore or miss out on important facts that are beneficial for your case, this can result in a loss or adjournment while the facts are determined. A family lawyer will make sure that they take the load off your chest in researching and evaluating the various facts and presenting them in an unbiased way.
Understanding state based law
Different states across Australia have unique measures for all manner of family matters; chances are you won’t have experience or knowledge in the different procedures for each state that could be detrimental to your case. Your family lawyer will make sure that all your documents are presented in an appropriate manner that abides with the law of the state or territory you’re in so your case isn’t thrown out.
Emotions are high during a divorce or child custody case and you might find yourself going through enormous levels of stress due to lack of support from your family or opposing party. An experienced family lawyer will provide you with legal assistance, represent you in court and also provide emotional and moral support.
At the end of the day, taking specific and expert family law advice will reduce your stress and allow you to focus on yourself and your family while somebody else fights for you.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our family law services or wish to have a confidential and complimentary discussion about your legal requirements, contact the team from McClure Law today on 03 9744 1881 or online.