How to Prepare for Your Initial Meeting with a Divorce Attorney
If you are getting divorced in Florida, you should meet with a qualified attorney to discuss the important legal issues of your case. At the Law Offices of Steve W. Marsee, P.A., we offer fully confidential, no obligation divorce consultations to people who are considering ending their marriage. To help you get the most of your first meeting with a divorce lawyer, we have put together a list of four tips to help you prepare for your initial divorce consultation.
- Know Your Goals and Interests
Every divorce case is unique. Not only do couples have different marital circumstances, but they also have vastly different interests. Before you meet with your divorce lawyer, you should have a basic understanding of what exactly you want to get out of the process. Your attorney will only be able to provide you effective legal assistance if they know what is important to you. Come to your divorce consultation prepared to make your wishes known.
- Be Ready to Take Notes
During your initial divorce consultation, you will have an opportunity to learn a lot. First and foremost, you will want to determine if the attorney that you are meeting with actually has the skills, experience and temperament to best handle your case. Further, you will also want to learn some basic facts about the process. To get the most out of your time, you should be ready to take notes. If you do not hire the attorney you are meeting with, you can still learn valuable information.
- Bring Important Financial Documents
To the best of your ability, you should bring all of the important financial records and documents that you have in your possession. This includes everything from bank account statements, credit card statements and 401(K) reports, as well as your recent tax returns and paystubs. The more information that you can give your attorney, the better, as this will help your attorney properly assess your financial circumstances. However, there may be some records that you will not be able to access. Do not worry; your attorney can help you take action to obtain these documents in the future.
- Prepare Questions
Finally, your initial divorce consultation is a time for you to get answers to your questions. If there is anything on your mind regarding your divorce, whether it about child custody, alimony, asset division, or any related legal issue, do not be afraid to ask. There are no bad questions; only unanswered ones. By preparing with questions, you will be able to get a better view of your case and how it will proceed going forward.
Do You Need Family Law Help in Central Florida?
Our compassionate Florida family law team is standing by, ready to help. At the Law Offices of Steve W. Marsee, P.A., we have extensive experience handling divorce cases. If you need legal advice, please do not hesitate to contact our Orlando office today at (407) 521-7171. During your fully confidential, no-obligation initial consultation we review your case, explain your legal rights and help you assess your options.