Preparing for your Divorce Consultation

When you are considering a divorce, it is often normal to obtain a divorce consultation to find out what to expect and what your rights will be. A divorce consultation may be done by phone or it may be done in the lawyer’s office. In order to make the best use of your time, you want to make sure that you are prepared. You want to keep to the facts and try to leave the emotional story out of the conversation so that you can obtain the best possible advice during the consultation. The basic facts will help the lawyer assist you in explaining your options and what to expect. If you want to have an idea of how much support you will receive or pay, then you will want to be sure to have the information on income for both parties, the cost of the mortgage, medical bills, child care and other expenses. You will also want to have an idea of what you think the custody arrangements may be. If you want to discuss options on how assets may be allocated, you will want to know approximately how much each asset is worth and what type of asset it is, such as a house, retirement account, etc.. If you find that you are too emotional, you may want to consider bringing a trusted friend who can assist you with during the consultation and provide you with emotional support. You may want to make a list of questions that you want to be sure to ask while you are in the consultation as oftentimes, it is overwhelming and you may find it difficult to think clearly. You should bring a pad of paper and pen so you can jot down notes during your consultation.