Family lawyers are a means to an end, or at least they should be. Our job is to help you get through a tough time, and to do so in the most efficient and least costly way possible.
You want a lawyer you can build a rapport with and who you know cares for your family, not someone who treats every client like they have a dollar sign over their head.
You should be looking for a lawyer who has experience in family law, and preferably one who is familiar with your specific area of the country. For example, here in WA, we have a high number of clients who work on a FIFO basis, which can present some unique challenges around parenting arrangements and financial matters. You want someone who understands your particular situation and has dealt with similar cases before.
You’ll want to make sure that you feel comfortable with your lawyer. Do they listen to you? Do you trust that they’re competent? Do you feel like they’ll be honest and navigate difficult situations with a steady hand? Do they favour mediation or litigation? You should ask the lawyer about their experience in family law, and what kinds of cases they have handled in the past.
Personally, I believe the best kind of family lawyers are solution-focused, down-to-earth, straight shooters with good judgment. The kind who focus on the future, rather than points scoring, and prioritise coming to a sensible and commercial solution that meets your needs – not milking the conflict or pushing people to court in order to drive up costs.
My favourite clients are reasonable people who want to find a way through a difficult situation, and as their lawyer I like to reciprocate by taking care of them throughout the process. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me.