Choosing the right family lawyer to help you resolve issues arising from the breakdown of a de facto relationship can be challenging. But it's such an important appointment and worth taking the time to do it right.
Start by being clear with yourself about what you are trying to accomplish. Do you just need consent orders? Is mediation a possibility? Or has your relationship with your ex partner deteriorated to the point that what you really need is simply a warrior to go forth and do bloody (and frightfully expensive) battle on your behalf in an adversarial break up? Or, is your ex partner likely to contest the courts jurisdiction to hear the matter? All of these things have an impact on the type of family lawyer you appoint to run your case. This article sets out strategies to consider when selecting your legal team.