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How to maximize your first divorce consultation

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Divorce

Divorce can be one of the most challenging times life can offer, forcing you to make necessary financial decisions while emotions are running high. Preparing for your first divorce consultation can be the first step toward protecting your future after the proceedings. 

Going through a divorce means facing the most critical financial transaction of your life. This is why being upfront with your divorce attorney during your first meeting is essential, as it sets the tone for a more effective legal process. 

Gather financial documents

Before meeting with your divorce lawyer, prepare all relevant financial documents, such as bank statements, tax returns and retirement accounts. These will help your attorney better understand your situation and provide a foundation for discussing assets division, alimony and child support. 

It would also be wise to create a comprehensive list of all your assets and debts, both joint and individual. This will be crucial in determining how to divide your assets and liabilities fairly. 

Consider your goals for child custody

Your first divorce consultation marks the beginning of many changes that will significantly impact your life. Before entering a lawyer’s office, carefully think about your end goals, particularly regarding child custody and any future parenting arrangements. Knowing what you want for your children’s future can help your attorney formulate the best strategy for custody discussions. 

Prepare your questions

You likely have many questions and concerns about the divorce process, legal fees and settlement terms. It is critical to write all these questions down before the meeting. This will allow you to save costs on legal fees as you make the most of your lawyer’s time while ensuring you cover all the critical points. 

Preparing for your first meeting with your divorce attorney is the crucial first step in managing the complexities of your case effectively. Aside from helping your lawyer represent you better, being prepared empowers you to make informed decisions about your future and ensure you are ready to move forward.