What documents should I take to my initial consultation with a divorce attorney?

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If you have made the difficult decision to dissolve your marriage, contacting a divorce attorney can make it feel final. Despite divorce being emotionally overwhelming, it’s crucial to take the appropriate steps to increase the likelihood of a favorable divorce settlement. A critical step is to consult with a divorce attorney and provide them with all the necessary documentation needed to effectively move forward with the divorce. Keep reading to learn what documents you should bring to your initial consultation with a divorce attorney. In addition, contact a knowledgeable Suffolk County Divorce & Separation Attorney who can help you understand what to expect moving forward through the divorce process. 

What should I bring to my initial consultation with a divorce attorney?

While you can attend your initial consultation without paperwork, it is highly recommended that you bring as many relevant documents as possible. This will enable your attorney to gather the necessary background information to gain insight into your case. This will assist you in reaching favorable terms for your divorce. You should think of this initial consultation as an information-gathering session. That said, the more documentation you bring the better. It is beneficial to bring the following documents:

  • A copy of your marriage license. When divorcing, you will need to provide your attorney with a copy of your original marriage license and certificate. This will verify that you and your spouse are legally married. It will also attest to the length of your marriage as you may be eligible to receive a portion of your former spouse’s benefits.
  • Financial documents. One spouse may be ordered by the court to pay a certain amount of money to the other spouse. This type of maintenance provides financial support to care for children or maintain the same standard of living established during the marriage. When this is the case, it is beneficial to bring financial records such as tax returns, pay stubs, and any other employment records. These records can provide your attorney with proof of income. This way they can determine what you are obligated to pay or entitled to receive.
  • Prenuptial or postnuptial agreements. If you and your former spouse established this type of legal contract that stipulates who gets what in a divorce, you should bring it to your consultation. The division of assets is one of the most contentious issues couples face when dissolving their marriage. Therefore, any documents that outline marital and separate property should be given to your attorney. This will ensure your personal property is not split with your spouse during property distribution.
  • A list of questions. One of the most significant documents you should bring to your initial consultation with a divorce attorney is a list of questions. Overwhelmed by the impending divorce process, it is easy to forget pertinent questions. That said, it’s helpful to have a list of divorce-related questions about issues such as child custody, spousal support, divorce options, and the division of assets. These questions will help prepare you for what to expect.

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