Hello, my name is Robin and I own a medium sized business which is based in a suburb of Perth, Australia. Many business owners do not understand the importance of commercial law on their operations. I know that I certainly didn't when I set out. At first, this wasn't an issue but as my business grew, I realised that if I didn't teach myself about the legal rules in place and seek expert help, I would find myself in serious trouble. I got in touch with a great law firm who helped me to understand exactly what I needed to know. I decided to start this blog to help other business owners.
Family law is one of the most intricate yet critical branches of the Australian law system because it deals with sensitive family issues like divorce and separation, child support, alimony, parental rights, guardianship, child adoption, marriage annulment, et cetera, et cetera. Family disputes are a part of life, and when you are caught up in a family issue that requires court action, it is best to seek the help of a family lawyer.
But with so many lawyers in Australia specialising in family law, choosing a family lawyer can prove to be a demanding task. Follow these tips to ensure you hire the right family lawyer to represent you throughout the court process.
Consider your specific needs
Every family dispute is unique in its own way. Therefore, the first and most important factor that you need to think through before enlisting the help of a family lawyer is your particular desires and preferences. As mentioned earlier, family law is complex in nature and deals with an extensive range of family matters. Narrowing your search to a lawyer that is well-versed with the specific type of family issue that you are entangled in will ensure you are well-represented in court.
Do some research, make calls and/or take consultations to find out what lawyers are most experienced in handling marital matters, child custody cases, or whatever your specific family issues are. Reputable lawyers usually don't have a problem letting potential clients know about some of the cases they have successfully handled.
Choose a lawyer you can afford
As with any other specialised profession, you will need to pay for the services of your family lawyer. Therefore, the cost of legal service is something you must consider before hiring a lawyer. There's absolutely no need to hire a prominent city lawyer whose office is several miles away from the area of your court's jurisdiction when you do not have enough funds to foot the bill.
Your family lawyer will need to make appearances in the courtroom, and they will almost always charge you for travel time. If you are working with a small budget, it would be a good move to hire a family lawyer that practises in your local area, which is usually within the jurisdiction of the court. Working with a lawyer you can comfortably afford will ensure you have a smooth court process, as there will be no unnecessary payment squabbles getting in the way of preparing for the court case.