Proctor : February 2019
40 PROCTOR | February 2019 Book review by Sheetal Deo A client guide to divorce Sheetal Deo is a legal professional development executive at Queensland Law Society. Title: Moving On: What you need to know about Separation and Divorce Author: Julie Hodge, The Family Lawyer ISBN: 9780648389804 Format: Paperback/163pp RRP: $24.95 There are a plethora of issues to consider for someone going through a divorce or separation. Moving On: What you need to know about Separation and Divorce by Julie Hodge, ‘The Family Lawyer’, addresses quite a few of them, if not all. Written for the client, this practical guide walks a person through the entire divorce and/or separation process. It covers what to do and what not to do when communicating with the other party, when to seek legal advice, how to prepare for your initial appointment with your lawyer, through to a very non-lawyer, reader-friendly explanation of the various court processes. The book also provides a helpful table of resources for clients who are unfamiliar with the ‘type’ of help they need and who to contact. As someone who doesn’t practise in the family law space, I found the book useful as a guide on what to do and what to expect in a divorce or separation matter and what issues I, as the practitioner, ought to consider. New and seasoned practitioners may benefit from reading the book as a reminder of the fragility of their client and the holistic approach required in separation and divorce matters. Alternatively, I would recommend having a copy of this book on hand and providing it to your clients as a helpful resource when they are going through a separation or divorce. The book even includes tips on how clients can facilitate the legal process and, in doing so, make your job easier.