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Do I Need a Family Lawyer?

When you’re faced with the breakdown of a relationship and the legal issues that follow, one of the decisions you need to make is whether to use a lawyer. While some people choose to represent themselves in family law proceedings, many decide they need representation to maximise their prospects of a favourable outcome.

This checklist may help you decide whether you need a lawyer to represent you. If you answer yes to any of the below questions, you are likely to benefit from legal advice and representation.

  • Are there children involved?
  • Are you unsure what you’re entitled to?
  • Has your partner hired a lawyer?
  • Is violence a possible issue?
  • Do you feel emotionally unprepared to handle the negotiations yourself?
  • Is there likely to be disagreement over the dividing of property or assets?
  • Is your partner likely to want to move interstate, overseas or far away with the children?
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