Seeking legal advice when you’re separating doesn’t necessarily signify the beginning of a long and painful legal battle. A good family lawyer will help you understand your rights and responsibilities and avoid confusion about the informal and formal procedures you can take.
The role of the lawyer is to provide you with information and help you identify your options and potential outcomes. You should meet with your lawyer with a set of questions in mind. Take a support person with you, if this makes you feel more comfortable.
Legal advice may help you to resolve the matters between you and your former partner in a more timely matter than working without a lawyer. Though some court applications may need to be made urgently, the issues can often be resolved by consent through well-positioned and considered negotiations.