While the law enables us to live in peace, only a small percentage of the population is aware of how it all works. When you rarely interact with them, there's no need to know all the intricacies. The downside is that when you do interact with the law, you won't know what to do. And that applies across the board. When issues strike at home, the instinct is to handle it yourself. It's your business, after all.  Yes, self-representation is your legal right, but you may lack the necessary knowledge and emotional fortitude.

When Should You Hire a Family Lawyer?

Family law covers a wide area,  and you'll probably need a knowledgeable professional to help you navigate. 

  • Divorce. This is the most common reason to engage a family law solicitor. A lawyer will help devise a settlement plan, divide spousal property, and calculate spousal support. 
  • Child support. A skilled lawyer will help propose a child support plan, custody, and visitation rights. These can be revisited later if financial situations change.
  • Paternity. Most paternity cases are filed by mothers who want to receive child support payments from an absentee father. In some cases, the father files the claim if he wishes to be involved in the child's life.
  • Adoption and foster care. Adoption is a complicated process, dependant on a variety of factors. A layperson won't be able to go through the process without a guiding hand.

Benefits of Hiring a Family Lawyer.

A lawyer will know the law that you don't have. It would suck to get a raw deal because of your ignorance of the law. A family law solicitor will also know any loopholes to get you the best deal.  

Second, nothing trumps experience, and these guys have plenty. They've taken countless people through the system, and they know how to make it work for them. If you do it by yourself, you'll probably end up messing up a thing or two.

The lawyer will be impartial. Since it's very personal, you won't be able to look at things objectively. A lawyer will look at the facts as they are and help you make the best and most beneficial decisions. It's also good to have a support system, and your lawyer will be that for you. You'll be able to focus on other things while he handles all the grunt work for you. A good number of family law solicitors are also ethical counsellors, and they could offer useful guidance and help mediate. 

Family law is a labyrinth, one that will swallow you up at the first sign of weakness. Get yourself a professional for the best possible outcome.