Private representation in family law, as opposed to mediation, simply means that one attorney is representing one client in the case. As a private attorney, we will advocate for our clients’ individual interests, advise our clients as to how each decision in the case will impact their future, and be our clients’ voice in the courtroom. Ultimately, our clients have the final authority to approve or decline a proposal or strategy, but we will ensure that our clients make informed decisions every step of the way.
If you answer yes to some or all of the following statements, private representation might be appropriate for you and your case:
- You do not trust that the other party will adequately disclose their assets;
- There has been domestic violence between you and the other party;
- You do not believe that the other party is capable of ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of your children;
- The other party has a private attorney;
- The other party is putting pressure on you to agree to something that you are unsure of;
- You are afraid of the other party;
- You feel that the other party is being very unreasonable;
- You want to be able to ask questions in confidence in order to make educated choices throughout your case;
- You want individual legal advice about your case;
- You do not want to have to speak during court hearings and would prefer that someone spoke for you;
- You want to avoid unnecessary court appearances;
- You want a confidante beside you throughout your case.
Perhaps some, all or none of these apply to you, and that is perfectly normal. We are here to help guide and advise you and will happily discuss your concerns to determine if private representation is the right fit for you.