How to Get Ready for Your Consultation with a Family Lawyer.

By Colin Ferguson, Vancouver Family Lawyer

Family law matters can be complicated, emotional and traumatic.  If you are contemplating separation or divorce, you should consult with a Vancouver family lawyer about the different options that may be available to you, and the process for each option. Whether you are looking for mediation, arbitration or litigation, your consultation with a family lawyer will go better if you come prepared.

Before your consultation with a family lawyer you should change the passwords to all of your email and social media accounts. Family lawyers often see cases where a spouse will secretly access the accounts of the other spouse in order to monitor their communication, including their communication with their lawyer. This invasion of privacy can have a negative impact on your negotiating power and can lead to animosity and distrust which can stall the settlement process.

Come to your consultation with any important court documents, like court orders or pending applications. Your family lawyer will be better able to give you advice if you have this information for them to review. Also, bring any separation agreements or prenuptial agreements as these too will be important for the advice you receive. In addition, if you have a trial or court date coming up be sure to have this information ready.

If your case involves parenting, child support or spousal support, you should also bring your income information. This includes your tax return and any financial statements for companies you own. Your family lawyer will need this information to assess any support claims.

Furthermore, if you feel that you need a support person to come with you that is fine. Sometimes people need some assistance in writing down the information their family lawyer is giving them. Sometimes they need help interpreting if they speak another language. Sometimes they just need emotional support. Whatever the reason, a support person can come with you to your initial consultation with a Vancouver family lawyer.

Some firms also offer free consultations. The Vancouver family lawyers at Crossroads Law are happy to offer a free half-hour, no-obligation consultation for all of your family law needs.  We cater to your schedule and offer consultations either in person in our office, or via telephone conference if that suits your schedule better.  An initial consultation is an opportunity for your concerns to be heard, and for one of our lawyers to assess the legal issues, and which options would be best for your case moving forward.  No two cases are identical, and during your free half-hour consultation, we will discuss in detail your unique situation and we make sure your concerns are heard and your fears are addressed.  

Our lawyers will be happy to provide you with legal advice and legal information regarding:

  • Divorce;
  • Custody and parenting;
  • Family Property and Asset Division;
  • Child Support;
  • Spousal Support;
  • Matters of childhood guardianship;
  • Fertility Law;
  • Mediation services;
  • Agreements, both Marriage and Separation; and
  • Court procedures.

Crossroads Law is happy to announce that we also offer coaching and representation services for child protection matters, as parent’s counsel in all courts across British Columbia. 

To book a free half-hour consultation, please call Crossroads Law at 1-877-445-2627 (toll free) and one of our staff will be happy to speak with you.  We will provide you with an intake form to complete ahead of your consultation.  Information provided to our office in this form and during your consultation is totally CONFIDENTIAL.