Very few people are experienced with going through a divorce. The following is a general description of the divorce process. Please continue to ask about anything and everything you do not understand.
FIRST CONFERENCE: A first conference with your attorney. Your case and your options will be reviewed at this time. You may be provided with a packet of information and several forms you will need to complete and return to that office as soon as possible.
SECOND CONFERENCE: When you have completed the required forms, one should call to set up a second conference. At that time, you should bring with you:
(1) The completed Affidavitof Property, Income and Expenses. To substantiate the information you provide in the Affidavitof Property, Income and Expenses, you will need to provide the following: 1) All of your tax returns and records for the previous three years; 2) Proof of your year-to-date income (overtime, if applicable to you, should be broken down for the last three years in addition to the present year); 3) Proof of any child care expenses paid; and, 4) Complete information regarding your medical insurance (including providers name, address, phone number and policy number). If you have children, the visitation and child support worksheets should be completed and returned no later than SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE TEMPORARY HEARING. If custody is likely to be contested, you should begin having potential witnesses fill out the Witness Preparation Sheet (make copies as necessary).
(2) A completed Child Coustody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJEA) Affidavit
(3) Copies of all important documents relating to your assets and liabilities, including deeds, titles, bank and charge statements (for the last three years), a listing of all creditors with account numbers and balances, all information regarding pensions rights acquired during the marriage, etc.
FOLLOW-UP CONFERENCE: A follow-up conference may be necessary to prepare for the Temporary Hearing or for the signing of documents. When you receive Notice of any hearing date, it is YOUR responsibility to call your lawyer's office immediately and schedule your pre-hearing appointment.
Note: Do not discuss confidential meetings between you and your attorney with anyone.