Selecting your divorce attorney

The demands we face on a daily basis may have an adverse effect on our relationships, resulting in less time available to spend together or to communicate effectively. The slow process of breakdown often creeps in undetected, and couples may not realise that their relationship is in danger before it is too late. Often the door is then opened to start an extra-marital affair resulting in a complete breakdown of trust.

A breakup brings uncertainty about the future. The heart-wrangling decision to proceed with the termination of the relationship is one of the most difficult decisions any person can make, regardless of who the guilty party is.

According to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale divorce is considered to be one of the most stressful events one can go through, second only to the death of a spouse. Further research indicates that divorce can lead to the manifestation of numerous psychological and physical ailments, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), insomnia, heightened anxiety, social withdrawal, panic attacks, weight loss and depression.

During the process of going through with divorce, people are bombarded with various issues to consider and will be expected to make legal, financial, physical, mental, and sometimes spiritual decisions. For example, the legal decisions include the fair distribution of assets, a possible move or relocation, maintenance calculations, care and contact rights to children that may include assessments by experts or a family advocate. This all-consuming process escalates stress levels, hindering the ability to make thoughtful and appropriate decisions. Long-term consequences of a careless decision may be devastating. I represent clients from all spectrums of life including high-profile celebrities, business owners and professionals. Divorce cuts to the deepest core and doesn’t discriminate, equalling status to an emotional playing field.

Helping my clients understand the legal processes involved and equipping them to make informed decisions, and thereby relieve anxiety, is part of my mandate.

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