When it comes to divorce, one of the most important things you can do is work with the right attorney. One of the first steps to finding your attorney will be an initial consultation. Read on to learn more about preparing for an initial consultation with a New York divorce attorney.
What documents should I bring?
It is important to be prepared when meeting a divorce attorney. This involves bringing any necessary documentation. This information must provide the attorney with a general understanding of you, your spouse, and the issues your case presents. In order to help familiarize your attorney with your situation, it is important to have an overview of your finances as an individual and a couple. This can be done with the following documentation:
- Recent pay stubs
- Individual and business tax returns, W-2 forms, and 1099s
- Recent bank statements
What information should I provide?
First consultations with a divorce attorney can last about one hour. During the meeting, the attorney will ask various questions pertaining to your relationship. This can include the length of the marriage, both yours and your spouse’s income and employment history, if you have children, and assets or debts you both may have. Important information you may want to provide your attorney with can include the following:
- A brief history of the marriage
- Background information about yourself, your spouse, and your children
- Your immediate situation
- Your intentions and goals regarding your situation
- What information you are seeking from the consultation
It is important to know that the advice you may receive in a consultation can depend on the circumstances of the divorce.
Can I bring support?
There are many emotions that come with divorce proceedings. That is why you should have a strong support system while going through this time. This can include bringing a loved one to the initial consultation to have a shoulder to lean on. The individual can help by listening along, asking important questions, and taking notes to review later on. Be sure to ask the attorney if you can bring a loved one along- everyone has different policies regarding COVID-19.
A divorce can be a difficult process, but our firm will walk you through it every step of the way. Reach out today to schedule an initial consultation.
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