Do I need a lawyer?
There are only three ways a family law matter can be resolved reliably. Two of those ways (by consent order and financial agreement) are relatively quick, easy and cost-effective; the third (a court order) is relatively difficult, expensive and stressful. For the court to make a consent order and for it to be reliable (or as reliable as it can be), the court must be satisfied that each party has made full and frank disclosure of their financial circumstances, that each party has received independent advice about the operation of family law and that the order is just and equitable.
The independent advice must be provided by separate solicitors – both parties cannot be advised or represented by one solicitor.