When deciding to consult a divorce attorney, many still have emotions running high. Your consultation with an attorney will be limited in time (generally 30 minutes- 1 hour). With that in mind, you will need to try to narrow the issues to discuss at this meeting to get the most information about the divorce process, the possible solutions, and the spectrum of strategies available toward a resolution.
- If you have been served or otherwise delivered papers from your ex, bring all papers with you
- Timeline of events in your relationship
- Prior or current orders involving children of this marriage or previous relationships
- Pre or Post Marital Agreements
- Income documentation for you (and your spouse, if possible): tax returns, pay stubs, etc.
- Assets overview (balances for bank accounts, retirement accounts, pensions, investments, etc.)
- Information regarding land and homes you own (mortgage amounts, values, etc.)
- Information on valuable items in your home (collectibles, etc.)
- Notes about problems in your marriage (regarding both spouses)
Remember, your consultation with your attorney is generally confidential in nature. (See the forthcoming article on confidentiality and attorney-client privilege in family law). You need to be open with your attorney about issues that may come up in your divorce. Your attorney can only advise you based on information you provide to him or her, so be honest during your consultation....