Should i contact a lawyer before i tell my husband im filing for divorce

Asked 7 months ago - Buffalo, NY

Married 19 years, 1 son is an adult.

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  1. David Zaslavsky

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    Answered . Absolutely. This way you will know where you stand regarding the legal questions of custody, support and the other myriad matters associated with a divorce.

    I am an attorney with over a decade of experience in Matrimonial and Family Law with offices in Brooklyn and... more
  2. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . Yes. It is better to know what to do and what not to do. Your lawyer may want you to copy documents before you tell your spouse.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been doing criminal defense work for over 17 years. I was... more
  3. Louis Lawrence Sternberg

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    Answered . You should definitely have a consultation with a lawyer before you speak to your husband. You should learn your rights and obligations long before approaching your husband about the divorce.

    It is always advisable to contact an attorney. For a consultation, please contact our office at 516-669-3295.... more
  4. Maria C. Tebano

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    Answered . You should definitely contact an attorney before you tell your husband that you want to file for divorce, so that you can have all your ducks in a row firs.t

  5. Howard A. Schwartz

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    Answered . Difficult to answer. If you do consult with an attorney first, you should have a better idea about what you are entitled to. Good luck.

    This answer is only for informational purposes and is not meant as legal advice.
  6. Lee Alan Thompson

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    Answered . Without question you should talk to an attorney first. You don't want to take the chance assets will all of a sudden start disappearing. Plus, you may prompt your husband to file first.

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  7. Brad S. Margolis

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    Answered . All answers are correct here. But if you want to salvage your marriage then perhaps seek a marriage counselor rather than an attorney first. Either way a legal consultation is a great idea but I would hold off hiring the attorney unless an emergency is going on.

    Good Luck

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