The divorce process can be incredibly overwhelming. It may be difficult to determine a starting point, especially if you do not know what the law requires. If you are unable to settle your divorce without litigation, the first step is to find a lawyer who is committed to help you. That attorney – your counsel and divorce law expert – will take all necessary steps to settle the divorce quickly.
It is recommended that once you have found an experienced divorce lawyer, you schedule a time to consult with the attorney and discuss the details of your situation, your relationships and your case. You will discuss the division of assets, as well as gathering proof of income. Joint accounts still shared with your spouse will be discussed. These conversations will support your lawyer’s efforts in representing you to the best of their ability during the trial and, ultimately, the proceeding will end with the best result possible. During this consultation, questions you may have about the process will be answered.
Questions to Ask Your Divorce Lawyer
Not sure what to ask your divorce lawyer? Are you lost in between the chaos of an ending relationship and a complex process, and thereby need clarification?
Here are examples of questions that may help you navigate the process with knowledge, and will also assist you guide the conversation:
- Get to know your lawyer. Developing a relationship with your lawyer will help put you at ease as to the process and build your confidence in what is often considered unchartered territory. Consider asking your attorney about their practice. Does your lawyer practice only divorce law, or other areas of the law, also? If you and your spouse share children, ask about your attorney’s experience with child custody cases. Ask your attorney their availability, to respond to you if there is an emergency and you need to call.
- Understand the financial aspects of your case. Ask your attorney about the typically cost for a case like yours. Ask how the firm bills clients. In addition, you should inquire about additional costs and fees that may exist, such as Court filing fees, private investigator costs, etc. Your lawyer should be asked about potential tax implications from the divorce.
- Ask about the specifics of your case. In discussing your case and your journey to this point where you are seeking a divorce will ease the anxiety of the unknown and boost your confidence in the process. For example, your attorney may be able to anticipate a judge’s ruling in a case with similar facts as yours. Your lawyer will also advise – based upon experience – how you should interact with your spouse. If interested, you may also ask to meet other members of your legal team that may work on your case (paralegals, etc.).
Find Your Divorce Lawyer to Answer All of Your Question
If you are looking for experienced legal representation that is committed to you, The Colwell Law Group is here to help. Call our skilled family lawyers and set up a complimentary consultation where you can ask us any questions you have about divorce.