What to Bring to a Divorce Consultation with Your Family Law Attorney
Whether you are getting divorced, pursuing a prenuptial agreement, or seeking counsel for any family law matter, you can jumpstart the initial consultation with your family law attorney by bringing the right materials to the meeting.
Here are a few tips about preparing for your first consultation if you are pursuing a divorce.
Your attorney understands the difficulties you are experiencing as you take your first steps toward divorce. They will be with you to ensure the entire process moves smoothly.
To get started on a solid foundation with your divorce attorney, be sure to provide the following at your first meeting:
Supply your attorney with your marriage documents now so they will have verification of the marriage and necessary details like date, time, and place of marriage.
Proof of Marital and Personal Properties
Your attorney will need to know what properties the court will divide (marital properties) and what needs to remain untouched (personal properties). Be sure to bring any prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, as well as documents relating to:
- Financial accounts, both joint and separate
- Life insurance
- Property, whether owned before the marriage or purchased after
- Retirement funds
- Vehicle ownership
Proof of Income
By providing proof of income to your attorney, you will help them understand where you stand financially in relation to your spouse. They will use this information in any case, especially those involving spousal or child support.
Documents for proof of income can include:
- Pay stubs
- Records of employment
- Tax returns
- Investment statements
Proof of Debt
Your first meeting with your attorney should paint a clear picture of your marriage on paper, personal and business debts included. Be sure to provide documents for:
- Auto loans
- Credit cards
- Medical bills
- Property leases
- Student loans
Your attorney will benefit from receiving everything up front, from restraining orders to documents that have been previously filed with the court.
Provide Court-Relevant Facts About Your Marriage
If something could affect the outcome of your divorce, be sure to let your attorney know in your initial consultation. If you have children, provide details relating to their custody and care. If you have a history of supporting your spouse within the marriage (i.e., helped pay their way through college), report it. Your lawyer will want all information that helps clarify your marriage.
Write Out Your Questions
You will likely have questions for your family law attorney, but it’s easy to forget them as the meeting progresses. Writing out your questions before your first consultation helps ensure all are asked and answered.
Schedule Your Initial Divorce Consultation with Rubin Family Law
The team at Rubin Family Law is available to fight for you as you begin your journey toward divorce. In our first meeting, we will take the time to get to know you, understand your position, and create strategies for our next steps. Contact us to arrange your first consultation today: 770-670-7200