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Do they speak English here?

April 30, 2009

For one afternoon a couple of weeks ago, all my staff became either “travellers” or “travel agents”,  all in our ongoing, never ending, quest to better understand and better meet the needs of our family law clients. Sounds strange, I know, but for most people facing a family law problem, their situation is analogous to embarking on an overseas trip.

  • Where are you going?
  • How do you get there? Many paths lead to Rome but which is the best one to take?
  • How much will it cost you? Are you a budget or no-expense-spared traveller?
  • Are you a fairly independent traveller who can do some things yourself or do you need an all-inclusive-led-by-the-hand-fully-guided-tour?
  • Has a travel warning been issued for your destination? There may be safety considerations.
  • The language can be strange and difficult to understand and the advice you receive, like foreign food, may be hard to swallow or distasteful to you. 
  • Is it your first time or have you clocked up a reasonable share of frequent flier miles in the journey of broken hearts?
  • How much baggage is too much baggage?
  • How will you cope without the family and friends who inevitably you say good bye to?
  • Do you not know where your next meal will come from?

 Like any overseas traveller, if you are facing a family law issue, the path ahead is often an unknown and frightening one littered with emotional and financial challenges. Of course, just as there is “hard travel” (think trekking the Andes) and there is “soft travel” (comfortable, 5+ star hotels), so too with family law problems.

Whether your family law problem is hard or soft, to take some of the uncertainty out of where you’re going and hence ease your anxiety, you need good advice from a professional about your end goal and how to get there, an experienced guide to help you traverse the local customs, language and unpalatable bits and, if all else fails, a good mosquito net to help you find some refuge from the irritations along the way.

I hope this blog helps meet some of those needs – a Lonely Planet Guide to Family Law, if you will.

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