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Jan

Representing Yourself in Family Court? Think Twice!

Thinking about representing yourself in family court? Think twice before making this mistake.
If a family law problem impacts you or your loved ones then getting the advice of an experienced and qualified family lawyer can make a huge difference. The qualified family lawyer can help you in managing your family affairs which includes separation and divorce.
Having said this, a lot of people choose to represent themselves (generally so as to avoid the costs involved in hiring a family lawyer). Beware though! There are countless complexities involved in family court legal battles that you may not be able to deal and simply cannot handle yourself due to the lack of knowledge and experience.

Here are the top reasons why you should think twice about representing yourself in Family Court:

You Don’t Have Intricate Knowledge of the Statutes and Rules of Family Law

Although you can possibly access some of these over the internet, they are usually very complex/lengthy and if you don’t have any experience in dealing with statutory interpretation and legislation, you may well need more than just ‘having access’ to the rules and statutes online. A qualified Mackay family lawyer can guide you through the effects of the rules pertaining to your case.

Preparing Documents Takes A Lot of Time, Skill and Effort

If you’re going to court, you will have to prepare many documents that you may not be able to do well because of a lack of experience and knowledge of court materials. Therefore, it is a huge advantage if you can work alongside a family lawyer who will draft court documents for you. In addition, lawyers have generally established relationships with judges over time and they know that the way court materials are drafted and this can make a difference in how your case moves forward.

A Family Lawyer Can Help Find a Fair Resolution for All Parties

The divorce and separation process can often involve hostility which is negative for all parties. Although a trial is intended to declare a winner, it inevitably signifies a loss for all parties involved. In terms of family law court matters, cooperation is integral to a successful resolution. Regardless of how you and your counterparty treat each other, experienced family lawyers can collaborate in your best interests to come up with an amicable solution for everyone. Although there are compromises required, the actual resolution is an outcome you may not be able to achieve when you self-represent.

Legal Jargon can be Confusing

Without a doubt, legal jargon is highly confusing for non-lawyers and navigating the family law process yourself will be like going to war without any bullets. This inability to understand jargon can prevent you from knowing your rights arising from separation during the court process. Keep in mind that the area of family law is highly complex and establishing your case may take months even for highly trained lawyers.

The Divorce Process Is Typically An Emotional Rollercoaster

The divorce process can create emotional chaos which overwhelms your ability to make smart, logical and informed decisions. This is something you definitely want to avoid as you need to make important choices which will inevitably affect your future. With a professional family lawyer at your side, you have an advocate to turn to as you deal with your emotional turmoil. Family lawyers understand what you are dealing with and can help you take some of the burdens off your shoulders. They have seen how previous clients suffered so they know exactly what they should do to help you relieve your stress and anxiety.

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