Now that you’ve made that first appointment with your divorce attorney, you are probably wondering what you need to bring with you. The initial consultation is a chance for you and your attorney to get to know each other and to start to think about what your overall plan is going to be as you move forward in the process.
The most important thing to bring with you are any court documents that you have received from your spouse, your spouse’s attorney, or that you have filed yourself. This will help your attorney understand exactly what has happened and what the deadlines are in your case. If nothing has been filed yet, that’s fine and this gives you and your attorney ample time to discuss how you would like to proceed.
Your attorney will also want to get a general idea of your financial picture: income, debts, mortgage, home value, cars, investments, retirement, so come prepared to give accurate estimates for these items. You will be asked to provide details for these later. You should also be ready to talk about your children, if you have any. Your attorney will need to know their ages and where and with whom they live and what kind of parenting plan you are seeking.
Come with any questions you have about the law, the process, the costs, and timeline. There’s no need to be nervous for this appointment because it is just an information gathering session. If anything, getting the answers you need should help quell some of your anxiety about the process.
There are many complex issues in divorce and family law cases. The Sampair Group is your choice in the Glendale, Mesa, and Phoenix areas of Arizona when you need a firm that will listen carefully and advise wisely. Make an appointment for a consultation with one of our attorneys today.