Family Law Tips

March 28, 2020 - Categories: Legal Articles

Family law matters can be difficult and emotional for everyone involved. Whether you are facing divorce or you are involved in a child custody dispute, the following tidbits of advice should be considered:

Negotiate an agreement, if possible

If you and your ex-spouse are able to work out an agreement to resolve the issues between you, it is better for everyone involved. Judges are inclined to approve divorce settlements even if the terms are not what the court would have ruled if the case had gone to trial. In order to reach a settlement, however, you and your ex must make reasonable demands and be willing to compromise. If negotiations are tense or difficult between you and your ex-spouse, use your attorney. Allowing your lawyers to talk over the difficult issues often leads to a fair settlement and it helps ensure that your best interests are protected.

Work with the “right” attorney for you

Choosing your lawyer is one of the most important decisions you can make in a family law matter. The facts, the applicable law and the judge presiding over your case are all factors that are out of your control. Thus, it is critical that you pick the best advocate for you. Your attorney should provide you advice in guidance on what to expect in your case, all of your legal options, and advice on what strategy is the best for your circumstances.

Take a break from social media

While it may make you feel better to “vent your frustrations” on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, doing so can be detrimental to your case. Anything you post for the world to see can (and will) be used against you.

Be honest

This may seem like obvious advice, but many people are tempted to lie, hide assets, or take other actions they normally wouldn’t because they are hurt over what is happening. This type of misbehavior will only hurt you in your case. Fight fair and you will end up with a much better result and feel better about yourself for it.


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