Once you have decided that your interests will be best served by consulting or engaging a
suitably qualified family lawyer, the next question is: Which one?
First of all, we recommend choosing a lawyer that practises exclusively in family law, rather
than one who deals with criminal matters on a Wednesday, conveyancing on a Thursday, and commercial matters on a Monday.
Family Law is a highly specialised field and services from a lawyer merely “dabbling” seldom provide the best results.
Secondly, ask around and get a recommendation from other school mums or dads, gym buddies, work colleagues, etc. Do a Google search and look at the ratings and reviews of local family law practices appearing in the search results.
Your choice will also depend on the kind of lawyer you want/need. An aggressor, whose
“gloves are off” from the get-go? Or rather someone with a more collaborative approach who tries to resolve issues outside the Courtroom?
Regardless of reputation, it’s really only by meeting your lawyer that you will determine if they share your values and whether you feel comfortable with them and their proposed approach.
You may not always receive the advice you wanted to hear but beware of “yes people” who will gloss over difficulties in your case only to present a picture of “a bed of roses”.
Your lawyer needs to provide sensible advice, have a sound understanding of all of the
issues, be realistic and make you aware of the likely risks and costs of litigation.
Feel free to “interview” your prospective lawyer – make a list of questions to take to your
consultation and get a “feel” for how they might operate.