If you’re new to the area of Family Law and a bit unsure of what to expect – you are not alone. As a Trainee Solicitor I had worked previously in the Litigation and Conveyancing departments here at B Legal – but how was that going to help me with the potentially heavy area of divorce?
Well, one of my passions is film, so perhaps that might give me an insight? Kramer v Kramer tells the story of a divorcing couple fighting for custody over their young son. Hmm, an American couple in 1979 New York City probably isn’t applicable to a Trainee Solicitor in 2012. Or perhaps it is – one of the storyline strands in the film is the judge awards custody to the Mum, on the basis a child is best raised with their mother. This is still very much the case today.
Ok, so perhaps something a little more up to date other than a movie which I couldn’t see in the cinema because I was one years’ old (they just refused me at the ticket booth). How would I deal with the potential emotions of divorcing clients? What does it really mean when a marriage split is “not amicable” are they going to be like Brad and Angelina in Mr & Mrs Smith happily married for years and then they try to assassinate eachother? Ok, maybe not. In fact, our clients come and see us at all kinds of stages of the marital breakdown – and we are ready to assist for all situations.
One area I have become accustomed to is Collaborative Law, a fresh and more cost-effective approach for dealing with your divorce, by simply sitting around a table to hammer out those issues rather than dealing with them in court (whether the clients want to assassinate eachother or not).
So whatever stage you’re at, whatever situation – be it the early stages of a marriage break-up, or a residency issue (who the child should live with) – come and talk to Alison Whistler and Richard Morris at B Legal.
TRIVIA: What do Jane Seymour, Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor have in common? Answer: They have been married for a combined amount of 20 times!