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How to prepare for an initial consultation with a divorce lawyer

Your initial consultation with a family law attorney should not be intimidating. Indeed, you may have never imagined that you would need an attorney, but your marriage (regardless of whose fault it was) is at a point where you have to think about how you want to live the rest of your life. So your initial meeting with a lawyer should be sound informational session.

However, in order to provide you with the right guidance, your attorney is going to need some information from you. This post will provide some helpful tips.

Keep things in perspective – Your meeting with an attorney is an opportunity to find out if you will work well with him or her, and whether the lawyer has your best interests at heart. You should not use the meeting to plot horrible things against your spouse (even though you feel like doing so).

Have basic financial information available – This will help the attorney identify some threshold issues that may affect spousal support and/or child support. Knowing how much you and your spouse make is an important aspect of this analysis.

Don’t worry about what others have told you – Having preconceived notions about how the process will be does not help. Every divorce is different, and yours will be no exception. With that said, try not to tell the attorney what you are entitled to based on what others have told you.

Feel free to mull things over – An initial consultation does not mean that you are required to hire the attorney you meet with. It is okay to take some time to think about things before retaining a lawyer.



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