Why use a family lawyer?

If you find yourself in a. situation where you might need the services of a family lawyers, you’re possibly having a bit of a tough time.

While family lawyers deal with a broad range of family related issues, the most common are related to the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership, and the various decisions that need to be made with regard to children. Neither of these situations are pleasant, or something that you are likely to have planned for at the outset.

Often finance is a factor when deciding whether to use the services of a family lawyer.  And like may industry’s today, there have been new entrants into the markets with low cost offers, online versions and in law, no-win, no-fee.

Some people consider the fees of a family lawyer to be expensive, but it’s worth remembering that it’s because of the training, qualifications and expertise held, making these people experts in their field, ready and able to represent you and fight your corner.

With such an important area as family law, here are 2 really good reasons why you should consider using a family lawyer to represent you.


1.  Using a family lawyer will save you money in the


This is specifically in relation to the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership.  A family solicitor will value the matrimonial assets to enable them to get a complete picture of the amount available to be divided.  This includes

  • The family home
  • Any other property
  • Pensions
  • Savings & Investments
  • Cash
  • Vehicles
  • Furniture
  • Businesses

It is not uncommon for a family solicitor to uncover the total assets at a significantly higher value that may have been originally estimated.

Acting on your behalf, it is the job of a family lawyer to make sure that you get the best possible settlement based on your circumstances in the relationship.

They will also secure any ongoing maintenance payments, making sure that this is fair to all concerned.


2.  Using a family lawyer will reduce the stress involved

Going through the break-up of a relationship, regardless of whether children are involved, can be very stressful.  Ultimately your current way of living is going to change, and this is likely to result in upheaval and where there’s children involved, a reduction in the amount of time you get to spend with them, regardless of who gets custody.

 Being able to build a trusted relationship with a family lawyer, where they can fully understand your situation and act of your behalf to obtain the best possible outcome for you is almost priceless.

 Often the relationship between a couple can deteriorate when it comes to settlements and agreements, and being able to let your family solicitor take over this on your behalf can significantly reduce the amount of stress that you might otherwise be under.

 Of course, in some cases where the agreements are quite simple, and there are no negotiations to take place, alternative solutions may be perfectly suited to you r needs.

It’s always worth taking some advice early on in the process and most family solicitors offer free advice at the outset. That way you’ll get an understanding of what lies ahead and you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the support that you need.

And don’t forget, as in the healthcare sector, prevention ins better than the cure.  So if you ‘re lucky enough to be just starting out with the one you love, setting up a pre nup or a cohabitation agreement could really help further down the line should things not work out as you had hoped.

Contact Rucklidge Law to find out more about our family law services.