It is the beginning of a new year and as a general rule at Collective Family Law we receive lots of enquiries from people wanting to come for a first appointment so that we can resolve their family law matters.

Christmas is a stressful time for families and often if relationships are not going well, the stress of Christmas can bring about the end of a marriage or de-facto relationship. We call this ‘divorce season’. And it is no wonder as the added pressure that is put on families at this time of year can be substantial.

When you are contemplating going through a family law process of divorce, it can be difficult to know where to start. Often what we see as family lawyers, is people putting off receiving legal advice in hope that things will sort themselves out. This is usually not the case, it does take work to resolve a family law matter for most people. Sadly, when we finally get to give clients legal advice, sometimes damage has already been done because of their delay in retaining early advice. We recommend that the earlier that a client can attend for an initial advice the better off they will be. This does not mean to say that the client will be recommended to retain a lawyer straight away, sometimes time is needed to allow for things to fall into place rather than take quick action. Every family law matter is different and we will recommend what is best of your unique circumstances.

It can be really scary making an a appointment to see a family lawyer and it is quite normal for people to get first appointment jitters, especially if it is very early days after separation or possibly you are still only thinking about separation.

We often see people and they are very nervous when they come in to our office, this is normal and it is OK. At Collective Family Law we do our very best to put you at ease and clarify for your legal position for you so that you know how to move forward.

If you are not sure if you need to see a family lawyer or not, it can only be of assistance to know what your legal position is. It is in our experience that you are much better to deal with your legal issues earlier than later. If you have an inkling that you need to obtain legal advice for your family law matter, you probably do, so don’t hesitate in making that first appointment. At Collective Family Law Group, we offer a free initial appointment with no obligation to retain us.

Doing a little bit of preparation is the best thing you can do to ensure you get the most from your first appointment with your family lawyer.

When you attend an initial appointment it is excellent to know the following information:

  • Your full name, contact details and date of birth;
  • The full name, contact details and date of birth of the other party;
  • The full names and dates of birth of all the children who are involved in your family law matter;
  • Copies of any Court documents or letters from other lawyers that you may have received about your family law matter; and
  • A list of all the assets and liabilities that you have, either together or individually, including real estate, vehicles, superannuation, bank accounts, company shares and trusts.

We understand that you may not know all of the information, if not we will help you to resolve that.

What to Expect When Attending Upon A Family Lawyer

At your first appointment with a family lawyer you can expect that your lawyer will ask you questions in order to get the information they need in order to be able to give you the right legal advice for your family law matter. It is recommended that you are as open and as honest about your position as possible so that your family lawyer is able to provide you with accurate legal advice.

Before the appointment ends with your family lawyer, you should be clear about the following:

  • If you need to retain a family lawyer or not and what your options are;
  • What the next step in your family law matter is (if anything);
  • What you need to do to protect your legal position;
  • How much approximately it will cost to retain a family law solicitor; and
  • What you need to do to retain your family law solicitor.

It is very important that you feel comfortable with your family law solicitor and that you have clarity about your legal position in your separation and divorce.