Before hiring a divorce attorney it is best to have a consultation. A consultation provides an opportunity for your potential attorney to better understand your case and answer any questions you may have. Supply the items necessary to show your attorney a clear understanding of your situation so they can better assist you.
Prepare a List of Questions
Though you hope your divorce is smooth, the procedure can be complex. Preparing a list of questions can help you better understand the situation and the procedure. It can also help you understand the timeline of the proceeding.
Gather Financial Information
Understand where you and your spouse stand financially. You want an equitable distribution of marital assets and debts, so it is important you know both what is owned and what is owed.
Some martial assets are easy to determine, however; décor, furniture and other belongings can be difficult. You should make a list of all possible assets. Find the documentation that relates to each asset and make copies.
It is important that you understand what you owe. Understand that it does not matter whose name the debts are in. Marital debt is split based on who is able to pay the debt. Get a copy of your credit report; this will help determine marital debt.
You will also need the documentation that states your income. You will need a copy of the most recent pay stubs plus your most recent Income Tax Return.
Other Legal Documents
Important documents to bring (if applicable):
-Birth certificates for your children
-Identity information for you and your children
Legal documents like the ones above will help your attorney estimate your divorce timeline.
Bring Any Incriminating Evidence
If you have notes, photos, social media postings or emails that represent cheating, abuse and other situations of that nature you will want to bring it to your attorney. Though most divorces are considered no fault divorces, this evidence may help the outcome of your case.
If you are preparing for a divorce ensure that you have the experts on your side. Contact Gower Reddick and we can help you understand the divorce process and what your options are. Divorces are difficult; let us help.