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Essential tips for your first divorce attorney meeting

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Firm News |

As you prepare for your first meeting with a divorce attorney, remember that this encounter will set the tone for the rest of your divorce proceedings. This meeting is your opportunity to share your story, discuss your goals and concerns and get a sense of the attorney’s approach and expertise.

Additionally, it is crucial to keep in mind that your attorney’s time comes at a cost. Thus, to avoid unnecessary expenses down the line, making the most of this meeting is vital. But how can you maximize your first meeting with a divorce attorney?

Identify your goals

Take a moment to consider what you want to achieve in your divorce. What are your priorities? Are you seeking a specific custody arrangement, a reasonable spousal support agreement, or something else?  Clarifying your goals will help you focus on what matters most to you and ensure that you communicate effectively with your attorney.

Gather essential documents

Before you meet with your divorce attorney, gather all relevant documents related to your marriage, finances and children, if applicable. These may include financial records, property deeds and titles, insurance policies and court papers if you have already initiated divorce proceedings. Having these documents readily available will help your attorney understand your situation and provide more effective guidance. This will also help you save on attorney fees.

Ask the right questions

To make the most of this meeting, prepare a list of questions and clarifications you want to ask. Remember, your attorney’s time is valuable, and follow-up questions can add up quickly. By writing down your questions and concerns beforehand, you can avoid the need for costly follow-up conversations and ensure that you cover all the essential topics. Some key areas to explore include the attorney’s experience with divorce cases similar to yours, their fee structure and billing practices, the potential outcomes of your case and how they will work to achieve the best result for you.

Your first appointment with a divorce attorney is a critical step in taking control of your situation and making informed decisions about your future post-divorce. By being prepared, asking the right questions and setting clear goals, you can make the most of this meeting and set yourself up for a successful outcome.