I keep hearing that our court system is broken or on the verge of collapse. I have to say I am inclined to agree.
Last year I went to court with a client about the arrangements for his children. One of the issues was a holiday abroad in the school holidays. He wanted to take the children and the mother was saying No.
As a family law solicitor, it never ceases to amaze me how wasteful the court system is, in more ways than one. Anyone who has attended a hearing at court as part of their family proceedings, will have an idea of just how much paper is generated for those few hours at court. In reality, you have probably seen only a fraction of the paperwork actually generated and it may shock you to learn that following the hearing, the majority of the paper will simply be destroyed by the court. For any subsequent hearings, the paperwork has to be produced all over again.
Instructing a family lawyer is something you might only do once in your life, so knowing what questions to ask when you first talk to them is very important. I’ve suggested five key questions which are worth asking, to make sure you are getting the best possible, most appropriate service for your family law needs.
You will probably remember me as the little kid that got on your knee 40 years ago and told you that I had been advised by my lawyer that I did not have to answer whether I had been naughty or not. Guess what I am now a lawyer working in a family law practice.
In my experience as a divorce and family law solicitor I find that people often feel embarrassed asking basic legal questions as they feel that they will look stupid. I am asked the same questions time and time again and clients should never feel silly asking as it is important that they understand the basics so that I can do the best job for them.