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Preparing for a Divorce Consultation

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Here’s the situation: You’re considering divorce. Or perhaps you already made the decision to end your marriage. Either way, you face a number of difficult challenges and a great deal of stress. A consultation with a divorce lawyer often adds to this pressure.

Meeting with a family law attorney might feel intimidating and overwhelming, especially during an already difficult time.

While that’s often true, it’s usually an essential step when facing divorce and serves your best interests. 

What you do next can be crucial to securing a favorable outcome in the dissolution of your marriage. A family law attorney experienced in divorce, child custody for fathers, and other family law issues, will often be your best ally on the road ahead.

An initial consultation with a divorce lawyer provides you with a number of opportunities. You get to meet and vet an attorney and determine if this is a person you can work with.

It gives you the chance to explain the details of your case and for them to illustrate how they can help.

This can be an important meeting. There are a number of ways you can prepare ahead of time to ensure you get the most value.

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What to Bring

You can make the most of your divorce consultation by taking these three steps to prepare:

Gather personal information

During your consultation, you will need basic personal information about you, your spouse, and any children you have. This includes names, addresses, birthdays, social security numbers, and place of employment.

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Make a list

Take some time prior to your consultation to write a list of your specific concerns. Organizing your thoughts in advance helps ensure the attorney addresses all the areas that are important to you.

Common topics people have questions about include child custody, assets acquired before the marriage, and moving out. Addressing these issues early in the divorce process gives you confidence moving forward.

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Bring your W’s (and an H)

Who, what, when, where, and how. Compiling your list of concerns will most likely raise additional questions. Write them down. Your attorney will be an invaluable resource in providing you accurate and informative answers.

Divorce is emotional and difficult; you don’t have to do it alone.

The advice you receive from your attorney takes the mystery out of the divorce process. Having sound knowledge of what to expect also alleviate some of your stress and can actually reduce the cost of divorce.

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What a Divorce Consultation Means

The initial consultation is an opportunity to get your questions answered. This will help you better understand how your unique circumstances affect the divorce process.

A consultation does not mean that you’ve hired an attorney, nor does it mean you’re obligated to hire the one that you meet with. Think of it as a learning opportunity that provides you with important information to help you move forward with confidence.

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Comments 1

  1. Thanks for pointing out that questions about child custody is a common thing to as a divorce lawyer so it wouldn’t be too unconventional to ask something like that. I recently decided to help my out look for a divorce law service because she’s too nervous to file a divorce with her spouse due to fears of not being able to get custody of her son. I hope a good lawyer will be able to give her good legal advice on how to conduct herself during hearing in order to get a favorable result.

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