Selecting a divorce lawyer can be a tricky business: many claim to be ‘top family lawyers’ but can you believe that? If you have children under the age of 18, it is vital you choose a lawyer who is a specialist family practitioner, accustomed to family courts and to dealing with access/care issues. If your case includes discrete issues such as farming businesses or trusts, ensure your lawyer has expertise in these areas. Check that your solicitor has the appropriate level of experience. If you have limited means, avoid senior lawyers, who will be more expensive. A younger lawyer will be cheaper and also be useful in cases where, for example, social media is relevant. You will need to discuss very personal matters in a frank way, so make sure you are comfortable with your lawyer. Many women, for example, find it easier to share details of their personal lives with a female solicitor, who they may find more understanding. A family lawyer at a firm with a wide range of expertise can be beneficial. In particular tax, property and commercial departments often assist.