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Newly separated and no lawyer? Then don't make these mistakes...

There are several common mistakes that people often make before seeking the help of a lawyer after separation:

  1. Failing to gather important documents: Before meeting with a lawyer, it can be helpful to gather important documents such as financial records, property documents, and other related agreements. This can help your lawyer better understand your situation and provide more accurate advice.

  2. Not being honest about the financial situation: It's important to be honest with your lawyer about your financial situation, including any debts or assets. Failing to disclose this information can hinder your lawyer's ability to effectively represent you.

  3. Not being aware of your rights: It's important to understand your rights and responsibilities during a separation, such as those related to child custody and property division. A lawyer can help you understand these rights and how they may apply to your situation.

  4. Not considering alternative dispute resolution: In some cases, it may be possible to resolve disputes through methods such as mediation or collaborative law. A lawyer can help you understand these options and whether they might be a good fit for your situation.

  5. Not communicating effectively with your ex-partner: Even if you and your ex-partner are no longer together, it's important to communicate effectively about issues related to the separation, such as parenting arrangements and property division. A lawyer can help you navigate these conversations and find ways to resolve conflicts.

  6. Not seeking legal help early enough: It's generally a good idea to seek legal help as soon as possible after a separation. This can help you understand your rights and responsibilities and make informed decisions about the next steps in your situation.

  7. Not considering the long-term implications of decisions made during the separation process: It's important to think about how your decisions during the separation process may impact your future, such as your financial stability and relationship with your children. A lawyer can help you understand the potential long-term consequences of different options.

If you need more advice on mistakes to avoid before hiring a lawyer, contact one of our Surrey, BC family law lawyers and we can provide you with more guidance, book here.

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