When trying to work with a divorce lawyer, being organized is key. When new clients call to set up the first meeting, the most common question we are asked is what to bring to the initial consultation. Here is a list of items we find most helpful for you to bring along to your divorce consultation:
- Your Ideas About Custody: For many parents, custody is the most important issue that will be discussed at the divorce consultation. Be prepared to talk about the respective roles you and your spouse have taken to raise your children. Is one of you the primary caretaker or do you contribute equally? Do either of you travel regularly for work? How have you made decisions related to your children in the past? If you and your spouse have informally agreed to a parenting schedule, be ready to give the details.
- Financial Information: In order to give substantive financial advice at a divorce consultation, the attorney needs to know about your income, assets, debt and expenses. If you have a copy of your last filed tax returns, bring them. Tax returns provide us with a wealth of information about your income and assets. If support is an issue in your divorce, we will need the income listed on the last filed returns to calculate the amount. If you do not have the actual returns, be prepared to provide the amount of income you and your spouse made in the prior year.
- Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements: If you and your spouse signed a pre-nup or post-nup, your lawyer needs to know. The terms in these agreements will impact your divorce. Either bring a copy to the meeting or send it to the lawyer beforehand so that you can discuss any related issues.
If you are ready to consult with a divorce lawyer, Greenblatt Law can help. Please get in touch to schedule a consultation.