Many people involved in a family law case believe they can handle it on their own. This is especially true now that we all have the internet at our disposal, where many believe all the answers can be found. The reality is that the smartest move is to hire an attorney. Here are the top five reasons to make the call and get representation today.
1 – The Internet Isn’t Always Right
You likely already realize that everything you read on the internet isn’t true, but it’s essential that you keep this in mind as you try to research your family law case on your own. No one is checking these sites for accuracy, and you don’t always know how recent information is. You could be reading something closely researched, written by a lawyer, and posted yesterday – or you could be reading something posted years ago based on the experience of one who isn’t trained in provincial law. Meeting with an attorney ensures you’re getting your information from someone who’s qualified.
2 – The Rules May Change From Province to Province
Even if you find accurate information online, it may not apply to your particular situation. Different provinces have different rules in all areas of law, but this is even truer when it comes to family law. What’s true and accurate in Ontario may not be true in Nova Scotia. As a result, you need to turn to an attorney to get advice and counsel that is specific not only to your situation but to your province.
3 – Family Law in Your City Isn’t Exactly Like Family Law in Every Other City
To further complicate the situation, different cities can have their own set of local rules that are not set down clearly in law books. These rules could refer to thinks like filing certain forms by a certain time, or mediation requirements before court. A person who doesn’t work on family law cases in a certain city’s courtrooms regularly is at a disadvantage compared to an attorney who is well experienced with the nuances of the area in which they work. Not understanding these local rules can lead to costly delays that can be easily avoided by hiring a lawyer. At Prouse, Dash & Crouch LLP, there is a dedicated legal team with an extensive background in family law.
4 – You Need to Know Which Questions to Ask
Even if you’re able to find accurate answers to all the questions you have, you still may not discover all the questions that need to be asked or situations that must be covered. For example, you likely know that most family law cases involve dividing up property or making arrangements for child custody and support if there are children involved, but have you thought about family law issues like deciding who is responsible for making decisions about the child’s school? Or who will pay for the child’s health insurance? A good attorney can anticipate these future situations and ensure they’re covered in the divorce decree.
5 – The Goal is to Make the Best Long-Term Decision
No matter what type of family law case you’re dealing with, it will have far-reaching consequences. Those who avoid the fees of a lawyer to save money in the short term could end up paying significantly more in the long term, or end up with less than they deserve. This applies both to the long-term consequences of settlements, as well as the consequences of not having clear documents drawn up that can be in effect forever – including custody, child support, and alimony.