If your scenario has any complicated issues such as custody, abuse or there is a question mark over your relationship property pool a lawyer can be a valuable resource.
Engaging an appropriate lawyer can also reduce your stress levels as it will allow you time to take care of yourself and your family rather than worrying about the legal aspects of your separation. Another reason to employ a lawyer is to ensure you avoid mistakes as the legal system is very complicated here in New Zealand and the stress of separation will be making you not think clearly understandably. The last thing you want is costly mistakes due to your rollercoaster ride that you might end up regretting for the rest of your life.
Utilising a lawyer will also mean that you can be certain that affidavits/other legal documentation which is presented to the court accurately states your wishes without error or unclear language. A potential issue with representing yourself in court is your paperwork may be incomplete or there may be other issues that may result in delays. Hiring a lawyer will also help you avoid delays and get your separation sorted as soon as possible.
What steps do you need to take to choose an appropriate lawyer for your scenario? Be aware that there are lawyers that will fuel the fire and escalate the conflict so you need to be vigilant when choosing a lawyer. The right lawyer will save you time, money, huge amounts of stress and lessen the emotional toll on you and your family.
(Adapted and sourced from www.huffpost.com)
These questions will help you to determine what style of lawyering you want to engage with during the divorce process. It will also help you to define the kind of service that you expect from your lawyer.
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