Legal Services - Divorce
It makes a lot of sense to hire a solicitor if there is a real problem with abuse - spousal, child, sexual or substance abuse. In these situations, it may be impossible for the abused spouse to negotiate effectively: A lawyer can help arrange the necessary protection for an abused spouse and the children, if needed.
It can also make sense to hire a lawyer if your spouse is being dishonest or vindictive and you just can't cope with it. In that case, you may need someone to protect your interests.Finally, it's prudent to hire a solicitor if your spouse has an solicitor. This is especially true if you have children or are facing complicated financial issues.
If you want a Solicitor's help but you still want to keep your divorce civil, make sure you hire a Solicitor who will support that approach. When you speak to a potential solicitor, ask them whether they feel favourable about negotiating a settlement rather than fighting it out in court. Solicitors operate under your instructions so If your interest is in an amicable divorce, then you make sure to let the solicitor know that.
Unfortunately, some solicitors make it a practice to be as aggressive as possible, and if your spouse finds a solicitor like that, you may have to fight fire with fire. In these cases, the battle can go on and on, intensifying in passion, until one or both spouses run out of money and limp to the settlement table.
Worse, if there are children, the fight depletes not only your pocketbook, but also your children's sense of security. Once the legal fight is over, trying to establish a normal ongoing parenting relationship between both parents and the children can be very difficult.