When lawyer Ian Shann’s marriage ended, he found himself in a world he had never imagined: adversarial, emotional and expensive.
He upgraded his legal qualifications to enable him to handle his own family law case. It was an enlightening experience and was so profound that, after his own case settled, Ian decided he wanted to practise family law full-time.
In Know Where You Stand, Ian has put twenty years of experience on both sides of the fence into a unique, plain English guide to separation for married and de facto couples.
The book gives a step-by-step guide to family law including separation, divorce, de facto relationships, children's and financial issues and the Court systems. It is a practical guide for users of the family law system, written in plain language. It provides pointers on how to find and deal with lawyers and introduces discussion about fixed fees for family law - an innovation in the family law system.
Ian Shann is an accredited family law specialist and the national leader of family law at Slater & Gordon.
‘With the book I hope to break the cycle of conflict. I want to make the law more accessible and empower people to have greater control of their own matters. The breakdown of a relationship or marriage is a very difficult time in people’s lives, but my philosophy is that if they approach matters sensibly and rationally, it is best for everybody.’ [Ian Shann]
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