Every circumstance is unique, and a productive initial divorce consultation gives you the opportunity to discuss your divorce issues, get answers to your questions about divorce, and envision what your future post-divorce may look like. Some of the common issues involved in a divorce that you may want to discuss during your initial consultation include the dividing of assets and liabilities, child custody and parenting plans, child support, and spousal support.
This is also the time to educate yourself on your options for divorce. Sometimes taking a divorce to court is unavoidable. However, if the divorcing couple doesn’t foresee a lot of conflict or issues there are other avenues for out-of-court divorce settlements that you can discuss during your consultation. Collaborative divorce and mediation typically cost less than litigation in court and they are worth discussing with a divorce lawyer to see if they are suitable options for your situation.
Form A Game Plan
Once you’re informed about your unique case and armed with valuable information from your initial consultation you can come up with a game plan on how to best move forward with your divorce. Many individuals leave their initial consultation with a lot to think about including an estimate of what the cost of their divorce may be, an understanding of important documents they need to obtain and organize, and how to reduce the impact a divorce will have on their children. Understanding what lies ahead in divorce gives those considering it the time to plan and prepare prior to moving forward. This makes for a much more efficient and less stressful divorce process.