Your first meeting with an attorney concerning a divorce is one of the most important steps in your case. A well conducted initial consultation will provide you with a significant amount of information, answer a number of your questions, and hopefully relieve a significant amount of anxiety. In order to achieve these results, it is important that you come to the meeting prepared.
First and foremost you should have a list of questions and goals to discuss with the attorney. It is very important that you and your attorney understand what you want from the outset of your case and that you understand the likelihood of achieving your goals.
If you and your spouse have minor children, be prepared to talk about the needs of each child and a schedule of contact for the children with each parent that you believe would be in the children’s best interest.
It is also very beneficial if the attorney that you are meeting with has a list of your assets and debts. This can assist in the attorney providing you with an overview of settlement strategies and how the case might be concluded by a court if it went to trial.
You should also be prepared to discuss your and your spouses respective incomes. In this regard, it is usually beneficial that you bring copies of recent pay stubs and your last couple years of income tax returns. This will assist the attorney in answering any questions you might have concerning child support and spousal support.
If you come to your initial consultation prepared with this information, at Dinnebier and Demmerle, we can assure you that the attorney you meet with will provide you with the information and advice necessary for you to make the important decisions with respect to how to resolve your divorce.