If you recently decided to move forward with a divorce or you are considering the prospect of dissolving your marriage, you might be in the process of selecting an attorney and scheduling an initial consultation. It is crucial to be prepared for this appointment to ensure you get the most out of it.
Here are some tips on how you can effectively prepare for your first consultation with a divorce attorney:
- Know which issues are in need of a resolution: Generally, the main issues spouses must address in a divorce include child custody, visitation rights, property division, spousal support, and child support. In some cases, spouses might already agree on one or more issues, but need help resolving others. Figure out if you and your spouse agree on any issues and which you believe will require more time and focus.
- Gather your financial and property records: Divorce is not only an emotional experience, but it is also one that is heavily steeped in paperwork, so make sure you get the ball rolling by collecting as many financial documents as possible. This will save you time, money, and give your attorney an idea of all your sources of income and assets. Some of the documents you will need copies of include property deeds, bank account statements, investment account information, a list of items you owned before the marriage, and a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, if applicable.
- Make a list of questions: You probably have a lot of questions and, luckily, an attorney can address many of them during an initial consultation, so write a list beforehand. Doing so will also give your attorney a better idea of what you hope to get out of your divorce. The more effectively you can express your concerns, wants, and needs, the better your attorney can serve you. If you have any specific concerns regarding child custody or asset division, vocalize them. There are no bad questions and the answers you receive will help give you a clearer picture of what to expect as you move forward with the process.
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Divorce is rarely an easy experience for anyone, no matter who initiates it. To make this emotionally trying time less stressful, it is essential to hire an experienced divorce attorney who will walk you through the process and protect your interests. At The Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, we will provide you with sound legal advice, compassionate service, and answers to all your legal questions, so you can begin a happier, brighter chapter in your life.
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