Posted by Jemma Breban on 15th January 2019

When you’re separating, one of your first considerations is whether to instruct a lawyer. You may be worried about the cost, or perhaps you think it would be easier to sit down with your spouse and agree a settlement between you.

In some cases, this could work well. However, there are certain disadvantages with a DIY arrangement. For example:

How do you choose a lawyer?

Your lawyer is the person you will be relying on to give you the advice you need to make the best decisions for you and your family. They should be:

Seek references and testimonials and see what other clients have said about them. Or talk to friends, relatives or professionals to find out who has a good, solid reputation in family law.

Many law firms offer a first free meeting. Use this time to:

If you’re confident this lawyer will act rather than react; take control instead of letting your spouses’ lawyer take control; plan ahead; care about your feelings and support you at every stage, then you’ve found the right person.

Still unsure?

Remember, information is power. Your lawyer can give you information about how the law will apply to your precise set of circumstances. It is very easy to listen to the advice of friends or relatives about what is likely to happen, but that advice is all too often based on conjecture or their own experience.

A lawyer will dispel the myths and give you information so that you can take control of your life.

Rachel Buckley is a Director and Head of Divorce and Finance. Call to make an appointment on 01392 457 155 or email [email protected]

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