I’ve just separated – do I need a lawyer?
The short answer is no, but yes.
Legally, you are not obligated to engage a lawyer if you are separated and need to work through parenting arrangements and/or financial settlement. We find that clients who don’t have a lawyer will receive a letter from the other side (the former spouse or partner) stipulating their finance and property entitlements. It hits them like a brick wall – they don’t know what to do and how to respond, because they don’t understand their entitlements.
Often, the party who doesn’t have a lawyer will put their head in the sand and ignore the fact that they’re separated and hope it will all go away. It doesn’t!
If you want to get a resolution to your separation as quickly and cheaply as possible, you’ll need a lawyer who understands the family law system and can recommend inexpensive and quick ways to reach agreement, so you can both move on with your respective lives. Any lawyer who tells you they’ll ‘win’ for you is probably right, but ‘winning’ can cost you more than it’s worth; it’s all about compromise, usually.
At Wilson Haynes, we aim to get the best outcome for you, without going to court and without you losing your mind. Court action can cost you an arm and a leg, not to mention your house. We will guide you through the process, so you keep the shirt on your back and your sanity (and your kids). We can advise on parenting, financial and child support issues.
Make sure you handle your Family and Property Law entitlements the right way, as it could save you thousands of dollars and a lot of unnecessary stress.
Get in touch with us today for your free 40 minute consultation and we can discuss the right pathway to take moving forward.