When it comes to separating and financial settlement, your first step should be to get some preliminary advice and guidance from an Accredited Family Law Specialist, they will be able to answer many of your questions and concerns and worries during an initial consultation. A good Family Law Specialist will be able to answer all of your questions immediately and won’t have to research or think about answers to most of your questions.
In a financial matter, one of the first steps is simply to look at your current situation and where your financial interests lie. What assets do you have? What liabilities do you have? Whose name is property in and who controls it? A good Family Lawyer will readily identify any areas where you may be at immediate risk (such as your spouse drawing on a line of credit without your consent). They will be able to give you advice on things you can do to limit any risk or exposure on an immediate short-term basis.
A good specialist Family Lawyer, as a first step, will also recommend and talk about the need to resolve your matter on an amicable basis through negotiations and probably mediation. They should outline clearly to you the initial steps, including disclosure of documents and valuations of matrimonial property.
There is often no need to race off to Court and you should be very wary of any Lawyer who tells you that you should immediately file in Court. Your Lawyer should be able to give you an easy to understand, but detailed plan of initial steps that are required to protect your interests and also what is required to give you a specific advice about your entitlements.
At Hartley Healy we offer good, practical advice in your initial consultation that will help you make decisions about the best course of action for your particular situation. When we first see clients, we don’t want to offer them a sales pitch, nor do we make promises we can’t keep. We simply provide the best initial advice possible. Contact us if you are thinking of separating and want to understand the best course of action for you.