1 Comments Family & de facto law, financial agreements, consent orders
Its not really any consulation - but barristers cost less than lawyers. From memory my lawyer was $440 per hour & the barrister $330. At least, that is how I was sold into using ours. I guess it depends on what the next event is, and how important. For "check-ins" etc, your lawyer can represent you. Its just a wait around & "yep, we are still negotiating". For anything heavier, the lawyer wants a second pair of ears. So one speaks on the behalf & the other takes copious notes. This made sense to me at the time, whilst I was going through everything. However looking back, I was paying for court transcripts each time, getting word for word what occurred - so why? I self represented the beginning of my case. I "won" at each event & was able to progress things. Retained a solicitor & things went down hill from there. Lots of conflict over things that weren't needed, feeding on my emotions & creating anxieties that weren't necessary. I sat in court & saw cases where "trial" was self represented & they had a much better time than me. The judges were patient & allowed the points to be raised & care was provided to hear both parties. Mostly the judges call was fair (even to somewhat dodgy parents). If I was to ever go through this again, I would self represent & use legal aid centres for advice. 12 months after my trial, I assisted a friend through self representing & her case was settled after a few appearances in court against him lawyer & barrister. Ensure that he has great emotional support & someone to support him in court & take notes. Be honest, be fair.