What to Expect in a First Meeting With a New York Divorce Attorney

As divorce proceedings handle very sensitive matters that impact the rest of your life, it is important that they are treated as such. This involves retaining the services of a skilled New York divorce attorney that can protect your best interests. During this time, you should know what to expect from an initial consultation. 

What Information Should I Take With Me?

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. This can include a copy of the complaint for divorce to the consultation. In addition to this, 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 Can I Expect During a Consultation?

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.

Contact our Firm

Divorce is complex. Fortunately, our firm is here to address any questions and concerns you may have regarding your rights, assets, and future. When you choose our firm to represent your best interests, we address each of your concerns and answer all of your questions to help you rest assured knowing you have a compassionate, skilled firm fighting in your corner. We leave no stone unturned. No matter your legal situation, if you need us, we are here. We pride ourselves on providing sympathetic service and aggressive representation to clients all over Suffolk County. Do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. for a consultation.