relationship breakdowns can be very difficult and emotional for everyone involved.
If you are involved in a family dispute, seek help from lawyers, counsellors, family and friends.Letting go is one of the most difficult but important steps in a family dispute. The act of letting go means that one has already accepted that his family is no longer going to be the same way as it was before. It also means acceptance and acknowledgement that a problem or dispute exists in the family. Once a person has let go of his denial, he can start to find solutions to the dispute in his family.
Usually, when a family dispute arises the person closest to the party will be the first to hear about it. So, it is the party’s parents, friends and closest relatives who will most likely first hear about the family problem. This is perfectly fine since emotional support is important. It is good to have someone to talk to about family troubles.
However, there must come the point when one has to think of the legal aspect of the family dispute. There are always legal consequences to every family dispute because every aspect of family life is governed by the law, the Family Law Act 1975. Disputes that involve divorce, separation, property, children, spouse maintenance and other facets of family life are covered by the Family Law Act. There are many family law practitioners who are available to give advice and consultation to those who are involved in family disputes.
Family law practitioners provide a different perspective on a family dispute which friends or family might not be able to give. While family and friends provide sympathy, lawyers think objectively from a legal standpoint. Some clients might be put off by the rather unsympathetic attitude by lawyers to their plight, but really, lawyers are not meant to be a shoulder to cry on. The function of lawyers is to provide practical and informative advice that will help the client.
Some parties might think that they can handle a family dispute by filing a court case on their own. The truth is that filing applications in court can be tedious. No matter how applicant-friendly court procedures have been made, it is still best practice to consult a lawyer. Do not be intimidated by the possible professional fees. Some lawyers are quite flexible in charging clients. There are lawyers who will provide services based on what the client needs and to the extent that they can afford.
Children are also affected in a family dispute. Their needs must also be considered. In fact, it is advisable for everyone in the family to attend counselling sessions. Counselling is an effective method of talking about one’s feelings constructively. Children who might be reticent in talking when their parents are around might just open up with a counsellor. Sometimes, disputes are brought about in the family because of failure to communicate. Talking about the dispute with a counsellor will help the parties to focus on the real issues. There are many groups or facilities that provide counselling for free or at reasonable costs.
Family law cases are rising. Asking for help from the appropriate persons might just prevent your family dispute from being one of the statistics.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.