Self Represented Litigants (SRLs) come from all walks of life, economic status, and motivations. Why be a SRL? The choice could stem from issues with the cost of legal representation and not qualifyin...
You are thinking of or have made the decision to separate…now what? There are so many things to think about. Divorce is a big commitment. It’s important to remember a few things: a) Stay focused...
You are getting separated, it doesn’t matter whether you are married or common-law, 30 or 55, things are about to change. 1 large piece of that change puzzle is the house. It’s the place where you sha...
I was reading a blog this morning about Hiding Assets During Divorce. Yes a little light reading to start my day haha. As a mediator and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst I’m always looking to gain more knowledge that will help my clients. I wouldn’t say that the issue of hidden assets comes up a lot, but it does come up.
I’m writing this blog because I was disturbed by a statement that this US lawyer made during the interview, not because I want to update you on my reading list.
“…hire the best lawyer you can afford.”
Is that really what divorce has come to? If you don’t have money you are at risk of not being properly serviced by a less expensive lawyer?
As with any profession there are good and bad lawyers at multiple price points, fair enough. Is cost really equal to the best though? I think we can safely say that is not always the case.
How Important Is Getting GOOD advice during Separation or Divorce? I think the answer is obvious – it is critically important. The real question however should be what is GOOD advice?
GOOD advice should help you navigate the minefield that is created by divorce. A minefield of emotional, financial, legal and practical decisions that must be made. GOOD advice will help you move forward, it will help you stay focused and it will be realistic and logical. What it won’t be is based on emotion.
If people aren’t fighting about their kids during separation and divorce they are fighting about finances. The worst cases are fighting about both.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. It’s important to make informed decisions during your separation.
You need a divorce team; not just a lawyer, to ensure that you have all of the information that you need to make good decisions. Decisions that you are not going to regret.
It’s amazing the perspective you gain when the conflict you are in between is not your own. It allows me the opportunity to listen without emotion, ask questions and guide people to win-win solutions.
Recently I had an article published by YummyMummyClub.ca about understanding conflict style and how that can help you fight fair. Take a look and let me know what you think. Read article here.
A common question we get lately surrounds obtaining mortgage financing at the time of separation. Once you have decided to agree to disagree and move on with your respective lives its time to get into action. The house is put on the market and sale proceeds are divided according to a previously arranged formula. Easy – right?