Family Lawyers

Family Lawyers

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Family law an law area that deals with many family matters and also domestic relations. This law is also including marriage, adoption, child abuse, child support, or any other family matters.

Lawyers New specialize in all areas of family law and serve you a experienced family lawyers that can gives you advice on divorces, custody disputes, tracking of assets, division of matrimonial assets and other family legal matters.

With discretion and dedication, our team of lawyers is able to provide the best support and service when our clients need it most.

Our team will work with you to find practical and effective solutions for different family issues.

We strive to achieve the settlement that works for you and your family in a manner that keeps the emotional and financial costs to a minimum.

Our services including:

• Divorce and Separation
• Disputes relating to children
• Disputes over assets

What Does a Family Lawyer Do?

Family Lawyers work with a range of clients including vulnerable individuals such as children and the elderly, advising them on their options and rights. The duties of a family law practitioner can vary greatly from case to case; however, the key responsibilities of a Family Lawyer usually include:

• Attempting to resolve complex claims and reach settlement outside of court through alternative dispute resolution.
• If no settlement can be reached, proceeding the case in court, representing your clients and carrying out all duties associated with Dispute Resolution or Litigation Lawyers.
• Drafting, negotiating, and reviewing court documents such as pleadings or witness statements.
• Liaising with a variety of other professionals including psychologists, doctors, social workers, and police officers.
• Researching historic cases that bare resemblance to your ongoing files.
• Examining and evaluating any evidence that may prove beneficial to your clients.
• Effectively and empathetically managing emotionally unpredictable situations.

How to Become a Family Lawyer

As with becoming a Lawyer in other practice areas, you will first need to complete your undergraduate degree in law followed by the Legal Practice Course (LPC). If you studied a subject other than law at university, you must undertake a law conversion course such as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) before you can begin studying the LPC.

Following completion of the LPC, you will need to apply for a training contract at a specialist family practice or with a family law team in a multi-service firm.

Read our article on How to Become a Solicitor to find out more.

Training contracts are often highly competitive, so for your best chance at success, highlight on your CV the relevant modules you took during your studies and keep up to date with the latest developments and landmark cases in family law.

Additionally, relevant legal work experience such as that gained via a vacation scheme or court marshalling can benefit your career goal of becoming a Family Lawyer.

The dedicated Law Graduates section of our blog includes further CV, interview, and careers advice for those applying for training contracts.

Once qualified, you will be able to work for a specialist family law firm or within the family law team of a larger practice.

Family Lawyer Skills

So, that covers the education and qualification requirements of the role, but what about the skills needed to become a Family Lawyer? For a successful career, you will need the following:

• Aptitude in client-facing matters and exceptional communication skills.
• The ability to empathise while remaining professional.
• The ability to cope with emotionally taxing situations.
• Passion for helping people and fostering relationships.
• Strong drafting and negotiating skills.
• Sound research skills.
• Understanding and experience of litigation and other dispute resolution methods.
• The ability to explain legal matters to clients with little or no legal knowledge.
• The ability to work with people of all ages from all walks of life, including children and the elderly.

13 Tips for Choosing a Family Law Solicitor

There are lots of Solicitors who undertake Family Law work. How do you choose who will be best for you? You need to know how they will work and what they will charge.  You need to know what  their style is, and their ability to build a relationship with you? What is their legal knowledge?

Perhaps most importantly, what is their ability to resolve your dispute?

1.       When did they qualify as a Solicitor?  Someone who is recently qualified could do a better job than someone who has been practicing for 30 years, but generally experience should bring a better sense of how to steer you to a successful outcome by the best route.  What you want to know is; are they experienced in resolving problems like yours? Are they actually qualified?

2.       Who will do the work? You have a great Solicitor, but will they delegate all the work to a trainee or to someone who is junior or with no qualifications? Who will be your main contact? You have (in theory) a great Solicitor, but will you ever be able to get hold of them? (This is not to say work cannot be delegated. You need to understand how your case will be looked after)

3.       When did they specialise in Family Law? A similar but subtly different question to no 1. Sometimes a breadth of experience can be helpful, other times you can spread yourself too thinly. Family Law is not the same as other types of litigation. If it were, there would have been no need for the founding of the Solicitors Family Law Association (now Resolution)(see number 4)

4.       Are they a member of Resolution? Why would anyone not want to commit themselves to Resolution’s Code of Practice? which ask members to; Conduct matters in a constructive and non-confrontational way; Avoid use of inflammatory language both written and spoken; Retain professional objectivity and respect for everyone involved; Encourage clients to put the best interests of the children first; Take into account the long term consequences of actions and communications as well as the short term implications; Emphasise to clients the importance of being open and honest in all dealings; Make clients aware of the benefits of behaving in a civilised way; Ensure that consideration is given to balancing the benefits of any steps against the likely costs – financial or emotional; Keep financial and children issues separate; Inform clients of the options e.g. counselling, family therapy, round table negotiations, mediation, collaborative law and court proceedings; Abide by the Resolution Guides to Good Practice. Names of all members can be found on the Resolution Website

5.       Are they accredited? (If so, by whom, and with what specialities? When did they gain accreditation?) Resolution and the Law Society both run accreditation schemes which require experience and demonstrable skill and knowledge. Why instruct someone who is not accredited?

6.       Are they a Collaborative Lawyer? This is an out of court process to resolve divorce related issues. Training does not bring an accreditation; however it demonstrates an openness and commitment to progressive practice.

7.       Are they a Mediator? Mediation is a different process to legal representation. However any Solicitor-Mediator will tell you that they believe that they are a better Solicitor because they are a Mediator and vice versa.

What it means is that they are more likely to identify if your case is suitable for mediation, and refer you to a good mediator, and equip you to make the most out of the mediation process.

8.       Are they respected on a national level? There are various national committees/subcommittees (E.g. the Law Society Family Law Committee, Resolution, Family Mediators Association) which promote best practice and Law reform.

That someone is willing to volunteer to play a role, says something of their commitment to progressive values. Other examples could include writing books etc.

9.       Are they respected locally? Do they participate in local committees, e.g., the local Resolution Region or the Local Law Society branch? They may have been elected by their peers to a post? Would local Solicitors recommend them?

10.   What is the ethos of the Firm? (Huh?!) Put it another way; do they see themselves as a big commercial law firm, where the family law team barely gets a mention on the website? Is there a billing, billing, billing, culture? Are they going to charge for photocopies? Or are they a niche practice, where they only do family work? Does the firm encourage participation in Resolution etc.

Do you sense the Solicitor is happy at work? (If they leave, will you follow them, or have your case transferred to someone else?)(disruption, stress and cost)

11.   Do they give the cheapest quote?  How can anyone know what the final costs will be?  Beware of a tendency to quote low and unrealistic in order to gain work (The report of the Legal Ombudsman from February 2013 “The price of separation: Divorce related legal complaints and their causes” is a good read) .

If you are comparing price, look instead for the Solicitors hourly charging rate; £250 p/h or £ 150 p/h?  This takes you back to who is actually going to do the work?

12.   What are you going to do? Your Solicitor may give you lots of good advice and recommend you enter into a Collaborative Law process, however at the end of the day it is the client who gives instructions.

If you don’t follow advice, be obstructive, hide money, mess the other person around, be on the phone or email to your Solicitor all the time; you will end up with a more stressful, expensive  and longer process!

13.   How does the Solicitor propose to resolve your case? Going to Court should be the last resort. It is expensive and uncertain, albeit sometimes there really is no alternative. Their starting point should be to be looking at how to assist you to achieve a realistic negotiated solution to the problem.

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