When divorcing, many complications can arise during this complex process. As such, it’s vital to do what you can to make the process more simple. One essential step is to prepare for your initial consultation with a lawyer. Meeting with a divorce attorney may seem scary or overwhelming, but staying organized and showing up to the consultation with the necessary documents can help speed up the process. Keep reading to learn what documents you should bring when meeting with a Somerset County divorce attorney.
What Documents Should I Bring When Meeting a Divorce Attorney?
The most important thing you must bring to your meeting is the documents surrounding your legal union. This includes your marriage license, which helps your attorney ensure your marriage is legally valid and legitimate.
Next, you’ll want to bring all information regarding separate and marital property. This includes bank statements for joint and separate accounts, deeds to property, vehicle titles, and any other assets you own. Don’t forget to make copies of credit card debt, as this is subject to distribution during divorce.
You must also bring important documents regarding financial records and statements. Be sure to obtain copies of your previous tax returns, pay stubs, and information regarding retirement accounts.
Finally, if you and your spouse signed a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, you must bring this with you as your attorney must examine the document.
What Else Can I Do to Prepare?
You may also want to bring any copies of communication between you and your spouse. This can include text messages and emails, as this can be helpful for your attorney to determine how well you co-parent your children if you have any. Similarly, if your spouse has threatened you in writing, be sure to make a copy and give it to your attorney.
If you have any other legal documents about your spouse, such as a restraining order, providing a copy to your attorney is necessary to protect yourself.
Finally, you’ll want to bring a list of any questions or concerns you have surrounding the dissolution of your marriage. Unfortunately, these meetings can be overwhelming for many, causing them to forget any questions they may have wanted to ask. As such, making a note can help ensure no question is left unanswered. Remember, you’ll have attorney-client privilege, so you can freely and openly discuss any concerns you may have.
When going through a divorce, doing everything possible to prepare can only help make the process more manageable. At the Siragusa Law Firm, we understand this can be an emotional and confusing time. As such, we are dedicated to doing everything possible to help you through this process with as much ease as possible. Reach out today to schedule a consultation with a member of our dedicated legal team.