Divorce affects every aspect of your life so choosing the right attorney
to help navigate you through a successful divorce is key. Once you have
selected the right attorney, the next step is to properly prepare for
the first meeting.
Make a list of the questions you would like to ask your Attorney.
The reason you go to an Attorney is so that you are correctly informed
of all the hurdles you have to overcome in the Divorce process. Therefore,
no question is too small or trivial. It is important that you are as well
informed as you can be and asking the Attorney the questions to which
you want answers is an integral part of that process.
Consider what you would like after your Divorce.
People get divorced and hope to move on with their lives in as positive
a way as possible. Considering how you wish to do this is important. If
for example, you have no desire to stay in the marital home but would
like to see your children at least twice a week, it is important that
your Attorney knows this. If the Attorney knows what you want from the
get-go, they’ll be able to represent you to the best of their abilities.
This is usually very standard. Lawyers will most likely request the last
3 years of Tax Returns from a client, so you should be prepared. Tax returns
are used in conjunction with pay stubs and other evidence in the calculation
of spousal and child support.
Spousal Support and Child Support is calculated by income including what
you and your partner earn and therefore evidence of this aides the Attorney
in assessing whether you are entitled to or should be giving spousal and
child support and how much. Bringing pay stubs to a meeting is a good
Bank Statements and Credit Cards
There may be debt from the marriage and there may be substantial assets
sitting in accounts. Either way, it is important that these are fully
disclosed to your Attorney so that they can assist you with the resolution.
Reviewing bank statements and credit card statements is very useful. I
often recommend that clients summarize these so that I am able to get
an accurate overview as quickly as possible.
Any copies of deeds to property, mortgages or equity loans are something
that should be brought to your attorney. Division of property is an essential
part of the process, so disclosing this at first instance is very helpful
to a Divorce Lawyer.
Benefits are often ignored but are, in my experience, a prevalent part
of any divorce settlement.
If you are looking for an attorney to help you navigate your divorce using
psychological skill and legal strategy call me at (646) 663-4546.
I am always happy to help!