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Common Family Law Mistakes Made By Clients

When it comes to receiving legal counsel, it’s rather common to make mistakes. If you’re about to embark on a messy divorce, then make sure you avoid these poor decisions, which are made by clients again and again. All it does is add time to your matter, cost you more money, and hurt your chances of receiving a favorable settlement.

Not telling the full story

Complete honesty and transparency with your solicitor are crucial to your family law matter. Your solicitor can only prepare a case that is contingent and reflective of the information you provide them. One of the worst things you can do is purposely obfuscate specific details from your solicitor. Please make sure they are aware of every single detail, no matter how painful or insignificant it might seem. There’s a good chance it could hurt your result.

Being public with your family law matter

Your family law case, whether it be a divorce, child custody arrangements or will dispute, should never be made public by you or your spouse. Unfortunately, many clients like to vent their frustration about perceived unfairness in their matter on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok. If you’re going through a divorce, don’t post anything on social media about your case. Instead, keep it all in the courtroom.

Don’t seek vindication

It’s natural to want to spite your former partner or the person you believe is unfairly treating you in your case. However, it’s a massive mistake to seek justification through a court of law. The best thing you can do is to seek conciliation and move on. Look for ways in which your matter can be resolved quickly and as painlessly as possible. The shorter your family law matter is, the less money it will cost.

Relying on friends for advice

You need to tread carefully when relying on advice from friends and family. Just because a strategy worked for your friend or cousin with their divorce doesn’t mean it will work with yours. The best advice is straight from a family law practitioner.