Making the decision to get a divorce is never easy. There are a lot of things that you need to do and the process can be grueling. Meeting your divorce attorney for the first time can also be a really nerve-wracking event, and you want to be as prepared for it as you can be. If you have any questions about divorce, property division, child custody, or anything else, talk to a legal professional today and Get Help.
How should you prepare for your first consultation?
It is important to be prepared for your very first meeting with your divorce attorney. Some steps you can take to be better prepared are:
- Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask your attorney.
- Compile all your assets and debts or liabilities, and compile all your financial data.
- Also prepare a list of any financial questions you may have for your attorney.
- Prepare a list of background information. This list can include the names of the spouses, your children, your social security numbers, your addresses, and anything else that may be related to your marriage and can be deemed important.
- Prepare a list of your goals. It is important to have a clear picture of what you want to achieve so that you and your attorney can be on the same page.
- Discuss the attorney’s fees and the budget. It is important to discuss the finances with your attorney as early as possible.
What should you bring to your first consultation?
One way to be better prepared for your initial consultation with a divorce lawyer is to know what you need to bring with you. Make sure that you are bringing:
- Your marriage documents
It is important to bring a copy of your marriage certificate, as this helps your attorney determine whether you are legally married or not, and when and where you got married.
- Documents for your property
Make sure to bring documents for all your property, whether this be marital property or separate property. If you and your spouse reached a settlement agreement for property division, then bring that too.
- Financial documents
Bring all of your financial documents, such as your tax returns, employment records, pay stubs, mortgage, debt, or lease documents.
Schedule your first consultation today
If you and your spouse are considering divorce, you should talk to a legal professional without wasting your time. Schedule a consultation with an experienced divorce attorney today and learn more about your legal options.