Find a Lawyer that is Honest
Be wary of divorce lawyers who will tell you what you want to hear instead of informing you of the risks involved and what a realistic outcome would look like. A red flag would be a family lawyer who is making you large promises instead of offering advice on potential negative outcomes or a lawyer who avoids your calls or emails. A divorce lawyer who is upfront about your matter and informs you of both good and bad outcomes is giving you the respect you are worthy of.
At The Family Lawyer, you will get open and honest communication, as well as blunt honesty to help you achieve a realistic outcome. We also endeavour to be responsive and work hard to give you the attention you deserve as we understand that your matter is about your life and your family.
It is important that you are comfortable with your divorce lawyer as your relationship with your lawyer may go on for months or in some situations, years. Your divorce lawyer is assisting you through one of the most emotionally strenuous times of your life. You should feel respected and listened to. Whilst the lawyer-client relationship is a business relationship, a good family lawyer will be a person who can show you empathy and someone who you can trust who has your best interests in mind.
At The Family Lawyer, we have personal experience with the family court and have been on both sides of the table. As such, we understand the need for your voice to be heard as well as the stress of having a surprise legal bill. We provide transparency on pricing and will give you a realistic plan forward. If required, we can offer flexible payment arrangements.
A generalist lawyer who practices in multiple areas of law may not have as much insight into family law compared to a specialist family lawyer. Each area of law is constantly changing, and someone who specialises in family law will more likely be kept up to date with changing precedents of the family law landscape and how judges are responding to cases. Compared to a generalist lawyer who may not practice family law as frequently and has multiple areas of law that they have to keep up to date with.
Lawyers who are experts in family law will be more familiar with the intricacies and complexity that are unique to family law.
At The Family Lawyer, we value looking beyond the surface and do not follow a playbook. Hiring one of our family lawyers means you have hired our law firm. We adopt a team-work approach and collaborate on all matters. This allows us to apply our collective experience on all our cases together and come up with the best strategy to achieve your goals.
Family law is operated under federal legislation, which means that you don’t have to limit the choice of your divorce lawyer to one that is in your suburb. Especially with the use of technology, and court hearings having been transitioned towards being conducted online ever since COVID-19. This means that instead of choosing a lawyer that lives locally, you can broaden your search for a family lawyer to one that has a good reputation and encompasses all the values mentioned above.