When going through one of the toughest times in you and your family’s life, it is important to find someone who can help you through the legal process that you trust and who has your best interests in mind. It is important to be prepared for your meetings with your attorney. It is also important to find someone you can trust to handle your case with the utmost professionalism and advocacy.
How It Works
In an initial consultation with a divorce attorney information on how the divorce process works, legal options for your specific case, and obligations as a client should be provided. Prior to your consultation, make a list of questions you want to ask the attorney. This will ensure you don’t forget to ask something important during your meeting. There are no wrong questions, and the more you discuss about your case and your questions, the more likely you will leave with the info you need and be in the best position to assess whether the attorney may or may not be right for you. Discussing your case with an experienced attorney, can also help ease the stress and anxiety that many face when seeking a divorce.
What Are Your Options
Knowing and understanding your options is also important. You don’t have to start by jumping straight into court and start arguing about the case. The divorce process can be calm, organized, and court-free. Couples and their attorneys can initially work together to try and amicably resolve as much of the case as possible with the best interests of the family, as a whole, in mind. There are resources, such as mediation, that you can use to create an amicable agreement with your spouse outside of court. You can ask the attorney during your consultation what options may be right for you.
Because one of the major components of a divorce is finances, it is important to have a basic understanding of your financial affairs and documents. You can even bring some financial documents along for your consultation, and this can allow for more specific advice the attorney may be able to provide you. The attorney can also inform you early on what types of financial documents you may need to produce, and how the process of discovery works for your case.
How Will You Be Billed
Another important factor to any legal matter is the attorney fees you will incur during this time. Understanding how the attorney fees are billed and how retainers are applied is important to ensure that you are not confused when you receive your monthly invoices. Attorneys can inform you about retainers and what obligations to expect when paying your future attorney fees. Having an understanding of how attorney fees work from the beginning will help to ensure you can properly budget for your divorce expenses.
Understanding Your Ideal Outcome
Lastly, it is also a good idea to come to your consultation with a general idea of what you are looking for as a result in your divorce, including both financial and child-related issues. Although you may not know family law and how it relates to your case, relaying your goals to the attorney in the consultation can help you get accurate information regarding possible outcomes in your specific case.
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