Family law is such a multifaceted jurisdiction that obtaining expert legal advice as a necessity. With the complexities of modern life - with everything from stepfamilies to intricate family trusts - the days of armchair advice may be over.
What has not changed however is a persons need to have a friend talk to. But knowing the right thing to say can be overwhelming especially considering the emotional sensitivity of the issues involved.
While each separation will be different here are a few tips for helping a friend during this time:
- be calm and rational - encourage them to see that time or more information may help them make a more informed decision;
- be objective - help them focus on the practicalities;
- encourage them to seek assistance - to see a lawyer to sort through things but also their doctor or a councilor if necessary; and
- Lastly, just be there for them as their friend.