If you’ve never spoken to a divorce attorney before, meeting with one for the first time can be quite intimidating. But as much as you may be nervous about meeting with a divorce lawyer, trust us when we say that there is nothing to be concerned about. In fact, this first meeting can be very helpful. In order to make sure that you get as much as possible out of your meeting, however, you should do some preparation. Let’s look into what that will entail!
What Will My Attorney Want to Know?
Before you visit a divorce law firm for the first time, you’ll want to have some information in order. The more information you can tell to the attorney you’re meeting with, the easier it will be for them to answer your questions. Your lawyer does not need to know about the specific intimate details of your relationship during this first meeting, though more private details may become necessary to disclose during proceedings. You may be asked about the basic reasons why you’re divorcing, especially if you live in a state wherein a party can be held “at fault” during a divorce. People’s reasons for divorcing vary, but infidelity is the main reason why people divorce, with 21.6% of poll respondents indicating that this was why they ended their marriages.
Your attorney will want to get to know you and get an idea of the type of person your spouse is so that they can prepare properly. They will often provide a detailed information sheet where you’ll answer questions about your divorce, any children you have, your property, and contact information. Additionally, your attorney may want to make referrals to mediation experts, divorce coaches, and even therapists.
What Should I Know About My Attorney?
You’ll want to know about your layout cost, billing proceedings, and anything else that pertains to your business relationship with your lawyer. This will typically be a part of your retainer agreement. Discuss how often you’ll meet with your lawyer, and if there are any other people you’ll be meeting with. Your divorce proceedings will be a collaborative process, so only work with a lawyer that you truly trust.