In a perfect world, divorce would be an amicable parting, a fair and just parting of the ways. One might even say that divorce would never be an issue in a perfect word. But, nevertheless, the world of today is far from perfect, and divorce can get ugly, very ugly. During a tough divorce, many adults try to "win" the divorce by being awarded a settlement that is favorable to them. This may not always be a settlement that is in the best interest of the children, though, and this is where a family law Solicitor can be invaluable. A family law Solicitor can be hired by either party during divorce proceedings to ensure that the best interests of the child are upheld by the court. A lawyer can also be useful in custody hearings and during child protective cases. Child protective cases arise when the state steps in to remove children from the home in an effort to remove them from a dangerous, negligent, or abusive situation. In these types of cases the children are often put into foster care or placed for adoptions. A family law Solicitor can be instrumental in guaranteeing that the parental rights of the biological parent are upheld in this situation. There are numerous Solicitors that practice family law, and you will be able to find several just by browsing the phone book. This is rarely a good way to find the best family law Solicitor for your case, though. You can also never be guaranteed that you will get what you pay for. While it is true that the least expensive Solicitor is rarely your best bet, the most expensive may not be exactly what you're looking for either. Be sure to ask for references and do your homework before you hire a Solicitor.
Here is a brief list of what you do not want in a family law Solicitor:
- Stay away from lawyers who use custody issues as a way to wrangle more money or assets from the other party. The lawyer should always have the best interest of the children in mind. If the family law Solicitor plans to use the children as leverage to win the case, you can be guaranteed that they will feel torn and displaced during the divorce proceedings.
- Be wary of lawyers who advertise that they specialize in the rights of the father or mother. A good lawyer will be able to look at your case without prejudice and figure out a solution that is best for the children.
- If your lawyer is too busy to return your phone calls and answer your questions thoroughly, he will likely rush through the case as well. Always choose a lawyer who listens to what you have to say and responds accordingly.
During a difficult divorce, it is common to lose sight of things. A good family law Solicitor can ensure that the children do not suffer as a result.