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Law Society President urges divorcees to use specialist lawyers

More people file for divorce in January than at any other time of the year. This January is expected to be no exception with couples reaching breaking point due to a combination of dysfunctional family Christmases and the credit crisis. The Law Society is advising anyone considering divorce to seek expert legal advice from a specialist family law solicitor. Paul Marsh, Law Society president, says: 'Divorce is stressful, the legalities can be complicated and emotions can cloud reasoning, so it is important to consult an expert from the outset to receive independent, impartial, objective advice from someone who will steer you clear of the legal pitfalls and safeguard your interests.' The reality is that the absence of an experienced specialist family lawyer in a family case puts the client at a significant disadvantage and slows down the legal process. Paul Marsh explains that a specialist family law solicitor will ensure that no important issues have been overlooked and all agreements are properly documented. He says: 'The legal formality of getting a divorce is a relatively straightforward process. What is generally much more complex is sorting out the practical issues such as where each person will live, who gets what, and arrangements for any children. So before agreeing matters with your partner it is advisable to consult a family law specialist solicitor who will advise you about your rights and the options available to you. They will also explain some of the financial complexities and will help you identify the issues that the court will consider, sort the wheat from the chaff, give tactical advice and may even save you time and money.' Getting a solicitor on your side doesn?t automatically signal the beginning of a journey towards a court hearing. A solicitor will explain the other options available, such as mediation, or collaborative family law, designed to help people resolve issues following family breakdown in a calm and constructive manner away from court. Paul Marsh adds: 'Solicitors can help you avoid court. Collaborative family law is designed to help people resolve issues following family breakdown in a calm and constructive manner. Both spouses and their collaborative family lawyers make an agreement to try to reach a solution without going to court.' Regardless of what route you opt to go down solicitors could help save a lot of heartache and stress for you and your family in the long run. Our Family Team are all qualified experts in all aspects of family breakdown, whether married, cohabiting or civil partnership. Please do not hesitate to contact us for an friendly, informal chat to see whether we can be of any assistance to you and your family through these difficult times. It is important to find a solicitor who is approachable and sympathetic, and whose advice you understand and with whom you feel at ease.

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