Posted by Rachel Buckley on 2nd February 2024
Be brave! How to have a good working relationship with your divorce lawyer

As first seen in Devon Life January 2023.

Joint Managing Director and experienced divorce lawyer Rachel Buckley provides expert advice on how your actions can help your lawyer to achieve the right result for you.

Taking steps to end a relationship is a brave decision. You will need to make challenging decisions that will ultimately shape your future. You may even need to be brave enough to put your family before your own feelings.

You’ll also need to be brave enough to hand over an element of control to your divorce lawyer. It’s important to remember that they are on your side. They are the experts and will guide you through the process.

But it’s also important to ensure that they understand what it is you want to achieve and the level of service you require from them. This will help things to run smoothly, minimise stress, and can help keep legal costs at a manageable level.

These are my top three tips on how you can get the best out of your divorce lawyer during a divorce case.

  1. Be honest and clear with your lawyer: It’s essential to be upfront with your lawyer and make sure they have everything they need. They can only help you if they have the full information about your situation. Don’t keep things back, even if you feel embarrassed. If you are honest in your communications with your lawyer from the start and provide them with all the necessary details regarding your case, then you are more likely to get the outcome you want.
  2. Respond to your lawyer promptly: Divorce cases often involve time-sensitive legal issues that require immediate attention. Respond to your lawyer’s enquiries and requests as soon as possible to help them build the strongest case possible and avoid them having to follow up with you for instructions as this can increase your legal costs. Provide your lawyer with all the documents and evidence that are related to your case. This includes financial statements, bank statements, tax returns, and other legal documents. Sometimes this can seem overwhelming but if you respond promptly you will avoid things building up.
  3. Understand the legal process: It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the legal process involved in divorce. While no-one expects you to be an expert, having a basic understanding of things like court procedures, deadlines, and filing requirements will give you more confidence. Always read the documentation your lawyer sends you in full and if you don’t understand something, ask. Ultimately this will help you and your lawyer to stay on top of the case. Your lawyer should be able to provide you with advice and guidance throughout the divorce process, so make sure to listen carefully to their advice.

With a good relationship between you and your lawyer, you can have peace of mind knowing that your interests are being represented and that you will have a positive outcome from the divorce.

For over 30 years The Family Law Company has stood beside those making brave choices when it comes to relationships and all that goes with this. We understand that every act of courage, no matter how large or small, deserves specialist support.

To help you at the earliest stage of your decision making, we offer a complimentary 30 minute initial appointment to discuss your situation and give preliminary advice on what you can expect.

Need some advice? Get in touch today

Director Rachel Buckley is a multiple award-winning divorce solicitor specialising in complex divorce and finance cases.

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