The first few steps in divorce can be scary and overwhelming. You may not know what to expect or what to do, or you could simply be emotionally and mentally drained in trying to do it all yourself. Whatever your situation, a divorce attorney can help. As an ally who will work in your best interest, your lawyer can guide you through your divorce, from start to finish – and it all starts with an initial consultation. The following information will help you know what to expect during this first meeting, and how you can best utilize your time.
Understanding the Purpose of the Consultation
There is a common misconception that initial consultations are nothing more than a glorified, face-to-face sales pitch. Rest assured, this could not be any further from the truth. Your initial consultation is not about selling a service you do not need. Instead, it is a chance to determine if you and your attorney are a good match. This is critical since your attorney is your partner and advocate.
Your attorney should also be an active listener who makes you feel safe and protected. This can be especially critical for victims of abuse. Further, you should feel as though your attorney is competent and knowledgeable enough to handle your particular type of case. For example, if you have children, you will want an attorney who understands the laws as they pertain to parenting time and the allocation of parental responsibilities. If, at any time during your consultation, you feel that these conditions are not met, be willing to reconsider whether or not this particular attorney is right for your case.
Preparing for Your Consultation
Most attorneys will spend the initial consultation gathering information about you and your family. They will want to know the age, health, and status of each party, and if you have any children. You may be asked about the education and employment history of each party. You will also need to supply as much information as possible when it comes to your marital property, assets, debts, and any businesses that you or your spouse own. It is okay if you do not have everything, but try to gather as much documentation as you can before the date of your appointment. The more you can supply, the better.
A lot of clients also find it helpful to bring a list of questions and/or concerns to their consultation. You are not required to do so, but having a list could help you feel more prepared. This might help you feel more relaxed and at ease, which could give you more mental energy to focus on the important information that your attorney will share with you, such as which divorce options might be best for your particular situation.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Whether you are ready to start your divorce now, or are simply looking for information to help you determine what your options are, our experienced Kane County family law attorney can help. We are seasoned advocates who will make your interests our top priority, every step of the way. Let us show you how we can assist with your situation. Call 630-377-7770 for a free consultation today.