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What information should I share with my divorce attorney in New Jersey?

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When getting divorced, you may feel defensiveness when it comes to disclosing certain information to your divorce attorney. Understandably, divorces are extremely overwhelming and you may not know who to trust anymore. However, to protect your best interests, it is critical to be open and honest with your attorney. If you fail to share pertinent information with your attorney, it could lead to an unfavorable divorce settlement. Continue to follow along to learn what information you should disclose to your legal counsel. In addition, contact a seasoned Somerset County Divorce Attorney who can help you through the intricate divorce process. 

What should I discuss with my divorce attorney in New Jersey?

When working through a divorce, it is critical to share as much information as possible to ensure your attorney has all the information needed to help you reach a favorable outcome. Firstly, the most important information you can disclose to your attorney is whether you truly intend to divorce your partner. In some cases, a spouse only retains the legal services of an attorney to scare their partner into taking them seriously about making critical changes to the marriage. If you are not serious about dissolving your marriage, you must share this information with your attorney. If you do not disclose this information, you will likely be at odds with them as their goal is to finalize your split. Sharing this information can help your attorney give you alternative options to reconcile. In addition, if you have hidden assets it is imperative to communicate this information with your attorney. During the discovery phase, the court will discover hidden assets which will negatively affect how the court views your character. This action is not only illegal but considered bad faith. If the court deems you have acted in bad faith they will likely favor your spouse. More often than not it leads to an unfavorable divorce agreement. If your attorney is aware of the situation, they can help you work through this problem before it’s too late.

Furthermore, if you have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement it is imperative to share that information as it can impact the outcome of your case. If this type of legal agreement outlines issues with child custody, child support, spousal support, and the division of assets it could affect whether you reach a favorable divorce agreement. It is also important to disclose whether you or your spouse is not an American citizen as a divorce can affect your legal status. Your attorney may be able to offer you advice on what to do next. It is crucial to disclose as much information as you can to your attorney. At the end of the day, your attorney can only help you as much as you allow them to.

For more information on what information should be disclosed to your attorney, contact one of our proficient and trusted team members. Our firm is committed to helping our clients reach a favorable divorce agreement.

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