Your divorce or separation is bound to have a significant impact on all aspects of your life. This period in your life may be a challenging and difficult one to get through. When looking for a lawyer to help you with representation and proceedings, the following tips might make it just a bit easier:
If you are searching for a family lawyer, a good place to start is looking at the testimonial section of the law firm’s website. It can serve to give you a good idea of other people’s experiences with the law firm and in some cases specific example of how situations were handled. This helps you get an understanding of compatibility, capacity and if they are the best to represent your needs.
2) Specialised Family Law team
Family Law is a complex area of law especially after the introduction of the Family Law Act 1975. Since its introduction the law has undergone significant amendments and is regularly under review by Parliament. Additionally, the Family Law Court determines thousands of cases which set precedents for how the Act is to be applied. This continuous process of change in the Family Law system means that lawyers working in the area keep up-to-date with the law as it currently applies; doing so achieves the best outcome for their clients. A specialised family law team will be better equipped to deal comprehensively with all of the issues that may arise.
Additionally in Western Australia, there are two Acts that deal with separation and divorce. Family Law Act 1975 (Commonwealth) covers those married people who want to divorce and make arrangements for children, property and spousal maintenance. Family Court Act 1997 (Western Australia) is the legislation to cover arrangements for children of unmarried people. In 2002, the legislation was amended to incorporate de facto relationships and their property matters.
3) Guaranteed client satisfaction
Look at what the law firm is willing to offer you as a client. For example, HHG provides client satisfaction guarantee that covers concerns you may have about your last account with the firm. All you need to do is communicate your concerns in writing within 7 days of the date of the Account. If HHG are unable to resolve your complaint or query in any other way, money will be refunded or the Account will be reduced (this is subject to some conditions, for more information please see https://www.hhg.com.au/satisfaction-guarantee).
4) Meet your lawyer
If you are still unsure about who you want as your lawyer, meet them at an initial consultation to get a better idea. Most of the qualms you have about the proceedings and representation may be resolved by speaking to the lawyer face to face.
This is general information only, and does not constitute specific legal advice. If you would like further information in relation to this matter or other legal matters please contact our office on Freecall 1800 609 945 or email us now.