I am a huge fan of Facebook. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I am addicted to it.
I’m not alone. Last week Mark Zuckerberg announced the most ever users on Facebook in 1 day, over 1 billion. That’s 1 in 7 of us! The thing about Facebook is that it has so many uses – business, personal, social, and information. I can keep up to date with all my family and friends wherever they are in the world, as well as on local and international news, traffic, weather, restaurants, local businesses, recommendations. There are posts and group discussions on just about everything.
So what does this have to do with finding a divorce and family lawyer? Increasingly groups are being set up on Facebook as well as individual discussions about all aspect of relationship breakdown. From separation to divorce, common law marriage, civil partnerships, children, maintenance, financial settlements, pre and post nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements – it is all there if you want to find it. People seeking advice and those giving advice – solicitors, mediators, counsellors, therapists, accountants. You no longer have to search the internet – you can search Facebook and find the information you need. You can discuss your relationship issues with strangers who are going through or have gone through the same thing. Long gone are the days when people didn’t discuss their marital problems with strangers. Somehow on Facebook, it is as if you are asking friends. You can also find and discuss your issues with professionals, such as divorce and family lawyers, and get a bit of initial advice.
From my professional rather than personal perspective as a divorce lawyer, I can keep up to date with the current family law topics that are in the news, as these often provoke discussion. I also find the same misconceptions about family law issues repeatedly arising, such as the myth of the’ common law wife’ and ‘irreconcilable differences’ as a ground for divorce. I can join in and offer my advice to those discussing these issues and those seeking advice. There are also those people who are actively seeking the services of a family and divorce lawyer. I rarely jump in and promote myself. I wait for a recommendation and then offer my details. Much better that way.
However, whilst Facebook Is a veritable treasure trove of information on divorce and family law and I am all for it, it can like other social media platforms and the internet itself never replace good old fashioned legal advice from a family law solicitor. It provides a starting point and possibly some comfort in making you feel that you are not alone, but whatever your situation, before taking that all important first step, get some proper legal advice.
At The Law House we can advise you whatever your circumstances and whatever stage of marital breakdown you are at. For an initial chat or to make an appointment, please email me, Karen Weiner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me on 0208 899 6620.