What to Expect at Your First Meeting with Your Divorce Lawyer

Posted by Steven Eversole | Aug 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

The divorce process is difficult for all parties involved. There is a large amount of uncertainty facing people considering divorce, especially considering the intricacy of divorce law and the personal investment people have made in their marriage. If you are considering divorce, it is important that you begin the process being as informed as possible about what may lie ahead. Part of that process is knowing what to expect as you begin a relationship with your divorce attorney. Generally, you will need to schedule an initial consultation with a divorce attorney to determine if they are the right fit for you. After selecting a lawyer, you will have an important first meeting with them to discuss how to begin your case. To help you feel more comfortable beginning the divorce process, here are some things you can expect at the first meeting with your divorce lawyer.

Confidentiality

Your relationship with your divorce lawyer is protected by law. Your lawyer must keep information you share confidential, with a few exceptions related to the commission of certain crimes. In other words, the information you share with your lawyer about the reasons for your divorce and other aspects related to your case cannot be made public or discussed with your spouse unless you give permission. Your lawyer needs detailed information to help you emerge from a divorce successfully, and it is important that you are completely honest with your lawyer. The confidentiality between you and your lawyer should help you feel comfortable sharing otherwise intimate details that you may not want to discuss for fear of others finding out.

Explanation of the Process

Divorce can be a lengthy process. At your first meeting with your lawyer, you can expect to find out a little more about how long the divorce process might take in your case. There are differences in types of divorce that can impact the length of time the process will take, which your lawyer will explain to you. Additionally, divorces that involve children or extensive finances may also take longer. You will have to provide detailed financial information to your lawyer throughout the divorce process, so it is best to have that information ready and available from the first meeting. Such information might include:

  •      Bank account statements;
  •      Credit Card Statements;
  •      Retirement plan information;
  •      Leases and/or mortgages; and
  •      Detailed information about other assets within the marriage.

Once you have retained a divorce attorney, they will notify you of important information that may be needed as such needs arise. Having the information ready and organized from the beginning of the process can help lower your stress level during a divorce.

Explanation of Costs

Your lawyer may be able to help you anticipate some of the costs related to divorce, but they probably won't be able to give you an accurate estimate of the total cost for the process because there are many unpredictable variables that affect the cost of divorce. However, your lawyer will be able to help you understand their billing practices, billing terms, and can give you specific information about related filing fees. While you may not have the specific information available to discuss it at the initial meeting with your lawyer, your lawyer can also help you understand some of the potential tax consequences related to divorce. Many times, a lawyer will have recommendations for experts that can help you through the divorce process, such as financial planners and therapists.

Reaching Out

If you are considering divorce and have additional questions or concerns, you can schedule a consultation with a divorce attorney. Contact Eversole Law to schedule a consultation and find out more about the options available to you based on your individual circumstances. There is no obligation related to this consultation, and you won't have to provide much detailed information about your case until you have selected an attorney. However, a consultation can help you understand some of the challenges you might face and can help you prepare to begin the divorce process.

About the Author

Steven Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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