Divorce is a difficult and emotional process. But, there are some ways to make the process easier. For example, working with the right attorney and knowing what to expect from the road ahead can make a major difference. One of the first steps of the process is an initial consultation. This is a meeting with your attorney to help familiarize him or her with your case. This is also an opportunity to ensure that this attorney is right for you. Coming to your initial consultation prepared can help make the process much easier for both you and your attorney. Read on to learn more.
What information should I bring?
When meeting with your attorney for your initial consultation, it is important to bring the following documents:
- The divorce complaint, if already filed
- Recent pay stubs
- Individual and business tax returns, W-2 forms, and 1099s
- Recent bank statements
What can I expect during an initial consultation?
Your attorney will ask you a number of questions in order to understand your situation and offer you the best advice for your unique situation. Be prepared to discuss:
- A brief history of the marriage
- Background information about yourself, your spouse, and your children
- Your immediate situation
- Your intentions and goals regarding your situation
- What information you are seeking from the consultation
What questions should I ask?
You may want to ask your attorney a number of questions. For example, you may have questions about child custody, the divorce process, and more. It can be helpful to come prepared with these questions.
Can I bring a loved one along for support?
When getting divorced, it is important to have a strong support system. Many people feel more comfortable when bringing a loved one to an initial consultation. A loved one can support you throughout this process, take notes, and ask any questions that may not cross your mind in the moment. Be sure to ask your attorney if you can bring a friend or family member along, as different firms are following different COVID-19 guidelines.
Divorce is a difficult process, but our firm is here to make it as smooth as possible. Reach out today to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated attorney. We are here to advocate for you every step of the way.
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If you require strong legal representation for matters related to divorce or family law, Haber Silver Simpson & Russoniello is here to help. We proudly represent clients in Morris County and throughout the state of New Jersey. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.