The first consultation you have with your divorce attorney can also be the most informative meeting throughout the entire divorce or dissolution process. Typically, these types of consultations don’t last longer than an hour. To make the most out of the time you have with your lawyer, you want to make sure you arrive prepared to get the best answers to your questions.
A List of Questions
What’s the timeline of your divorce or dissolution? What can you reasonably expect as an end result? How much will your divorce cost? Ending your marriage is life-changing and a crucial turning point in your life – you deserve to have a full understanding of what the process will entail. Before your consultation, write down every question that comes to mind and organize them by category.
Eventually, your attorney will ask for documentation that shows how much income you and your spouse are bringing in to make preliminary estimates on spousal support (alimony) or child support. Taking a proactive approach can be extremely beneficial. Try to bring year end paystubs for the past three calendar years and the most recent pay stubs for you and your spouse.
It’s likely that you and your spouse have accumulated a high volume of paperwork that relates to your marriage. You’ll want to bring in any prenuptial agreements, recent tax returns, and any documentation from legal proceedings involving your spouse or children. This can give your divorce attorney a better idea of your circumstances and makes it easier for him or her to give an estimate on the timeline and cost of your divorce or dissolution.
An Open Mind
Before speaking with your attorney, it can be easy to get caught up in the expectations you have regarding your divorce or dissolution. While you may have some idea of what you want out of the divorce, it may not be what’s best for you in the long run. Being open to the advice of an experienced legal professional can help you ease your way into a divorce or dissolution that is less stressful.
If you’re going through a divorce, you should not face the complex process without the guidance of a skilled Columbus divorce lawyer from Weis + O’Connor, LLC. We strive to personalize our representation to meet each of your needs. Contact us online to request an initial case evaluation or call our office at 614.428.0266.