Preparing for your First Visit with a Divorce Attorney
A guide to using both your time and the attorney's time to your best advantage.
How Do I Decide Which Attorney I Should Consult with About a Divorce?1. Speak to your friends who have gone through a divorce. Who represented them? Were they satisfied with the representation? What did they like most about the attorney? What did they like least? 2. Read reviews of attorneys in your geographic area on Avvo
What Should I Bring to the First Meeting?1. First, before you go, write down all of your questions. Spend some time thinking about what is important to you and what you hope to get out of the divorce. 2. Documents, documents and more documents. Most contested divorces concern money. If you have them available, bring your last three years of tax returns; a year of statements from your bank and brokerage accounts; proof of the debts you currently have. All of these documents will help your attorney to size up your case and its complexities to give you a realistic view of what you can expect.
Now What?1. Contested divorce matters can be very expensive. Be realistic about what you can afford; realize that under some circumstances the court may order your spouse to pay some or all of your legal fees, or, if you are the higher wage earner, you may have to pay all or part of your spouse's legal fees as well as all of your own. 2. You are hiring an attorney to represent you during a difficult time in your life. Do you feel the attorney heard you during your meeting? Is he/she sensitive to your needs? If you do not feel comfortable with the attorney, do not hire him or her.