When you speak to people who are not involved in family law on a
daily basis, as I do as a Divorce Lawyer, it is apparent that their
knowledge and perception of divorce and separation is shaped by
horror stories. I often hear stories about that one friend,
relative or acquaintance that has been through the family-law
Invariably, these horror stories involve people losing their
house, large portions of their superannuation, time with their
children and sometimes even their pets! These stories usually
involve an unsavoury cast of characters beginning with the person
they married, the lawyers involved (who are always nasty and
charging excessive fees) and a judges who are clearly biased. Our
popular culture tends to lend credence to this caricature by
portraying family law in television and movies as a winner-take-all
battlefield. Rarely is family law depicted as cooperative,
collaborative or civil. In reality (thankfully) family law is
usually nothing like the portrayals found in media or stories from
friends. Yes there are some matters that are contentious,
acrimonious and high-stakes.
These cases represent the minority of family law
matters. A fact that would surprise most people is that the great
majority of cases are resolved by agreement, with little acrimony,
in a cooperative and cost-effective manner. Despite the fact that
this makes for a less interesting story or boring television, the
reality is that most divorce or separation cases fall in the
"boring" category and not the "horror-story"
So what differentiates cases that are legitimate horror stories
from cases that resolve quickly, efficiently and amicably? Read
the full article on the four few important factors we have
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