The Divorce Lawyer Gets Divorced … and Gets a Lawyer

I had always imagined that if the worst happened, my husband and I would have an easy, amicable divorce. After all, having practised family law for over twenty years, I was well aware of the pain and expense of an acrimonious split. I had assumed, slightly smugly perhaps, that we would do it well and with the minimum of fuss.

But, when your marriage breaks down and you come to the painful realisation that your spouse no longer has your back, that your interests are no longer aligned – even if you have children together – the divorce takes on a different complexion and you become aware that you don’t always have control. My emotions were running high, preventing me from thinking clearly. I felt overwhelmed and unable to focus, even with the benefit of legal training and knowledge. Any communication concerning my divorce remained firmly stuck at the bottom of my in-tray. The thought of dealing with the legalities and finances of my own divorce felt bizarrely difficult.

Two painful sessions of mediation made me realise that this wasn’t the way to go and that I needed my own divorce lawyer. “A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client,” was quoted to me on more than one occasion. My lawyer was worth every penny.

Two years down the line, the family house, which initially I wanted to hold on to, is about to be sold and the divorce is nearly complete. Having now experienced things from both sides of the coin, these are a few of my takeaways:

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