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Four Things to Consider When Looking for a Family Lawyer

About the Author: Kristdel Bolog

Kristdel practices solely in Family Law has been a Partner at The Family Lawyer since June 2019. Aside from her amazing ability to recite from memory the entire “Ode to Spot” by Commander Data, she has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from a decade in the field of family law. Kristdel’s passion for the law and a love of helping people through difficult times enables her to put peoples minds at ease, even during complicated or bitter family court proceedings. As our resident “empath” she is The Family Lawyers’ Counsellor and is always there to listen to her colleagues or clients and bring a smile to their faces. Her nickname around the office is “the nerd”, a badge she wears proudly. Kristdel is hardworking, knowledgeable and dedicated to getting great outcomes for her clients. You can contact her at kbolog@thefamilylawyer.com.au or on 1300 111 835.
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January 25, 2022

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Choosing the right divorce lawyer is critical to the progress and outcome of your family law matter. Here are The Family Lawyer’s top 4 tips on what to consider when looking for a divorce lawyer.

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Find a Lawyer that is Honest

Be wary of divorce lawyers who will tell you what you want to hear instead of informing you on 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 an outcome that is realistic. 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.

Find a Lawyer that is Personally Compatible to you

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 that 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.

Find a Lawyer that Specialises in Family Law

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.

Don’t let Geographic Location Determine your Choice

Family law is operated under federal legislation, this 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.

We are located in Melbourne (Boronia & Frankston), Geelong and Queensland, however are able to assist you no matter where you are.

How can we help?

If you need legal advice or support, our experienced and compassionate family lawyers can assist you, whatever stage you may be at. Talk to us today for a FREE 15-minute family law consultation by calling 1300 111 835 or via email at enquiries@thefamilylawyer.com.au we look forward to helping you achieve a better outcome.