Approximately four years ago, a number of solicitors practising in family law set up an association called The Solicitors' Family Law Association, which now has membership throughout England and Wales.
The main function of this organisation is to maintain a list of solicitors who adhere to the Association's code of practice.
The founding solicitors of The Solicitors' Family Law Association were perturbed by the adversarial, and sometimes aggressive, approach of family solicitors and the association was formed with a view to advocating the conciliatory approach towards family law.
Although there can never be any guarantees, if you choose a solicitor who adheres to the code of practice of The Solicitors' Family Law Association, you should find an experienced and sympathetic ear.
In addition, you will find a solicitor who is happy to advise you and to help you reach agreement with your spouse on all matters.
The period of separation and divorce is a stressful and emotional time and it is at a time like this that you need not only sound advice but also a sympathetic ear. The secretary of The Solicitors' Family Law Association will provide you with a list of solicitors in your area who are members of the association.
If there are no members in your area, contact the Citizen's Advice Bureau and ask for the name of a solicitor who specialises in family/ matrimonial work.
It is important to find a solicitor whose practice is substantially family law, and you will find that more and more solicitors are specialising in particular branches of the law. If the Citizen's Advice Bureau is unable to provide this information then the secretary of your local branch of the Law Society will certainly be able to help you.
Telephone the Law Society in Chancery Lane, London and ask for the name and telephone number of your local branch or see http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/get-in-touch/.
Alternatively Contact Law has specialist family law solicitors located throughout the UK, who can advise you on any family law matter including divorce, separation, child access and adoption. Our network also contains specialists who can advise you on mediation and collaborative law where appropriate http://www.contactlaw.co.uk/family/
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