How to Get the Most From Your Divorce Attorney
Obtaining a divorce is difficult. Not only do you possibly have to go through the court system, but you must labor through an emotional journey that can include grief, anger, resentment, relief, and happiness. Working with an experienced Leesburg divorce attorney can better prepare you for both the legal and emotional processes required to end your marriage. However, not every client-attorney relationship is the same. It takes both a skilled lawyer and a willing client to get through a divorce as smoothly as possible and obtain the best possible outcome.
Here are tips on how to get the most from working with a divorce attorney:
Prepare for the Initial Consultation
Your first meeting with a divorce attorney is usually a consultation. You will meet with your potential lawyer for the first time, discuss your situation, and learn about the firm’s fee structure. It is best to come to this meeting prepared in order to start of a new, important relationship the right way. Much of your divorce will depend on you and your spouse’s finances and property ownership. Be sure to bring financial statements with you, including your tax return and account statements. If you have debts, including a home mortgage, bring documentation of these.
Additionally, consider your questions before you arrive. Of course, questions will arise during your conversation. However, when you come with a list of questions, your attorney will be best able to give you the information you need and learn more about your priorities during this situation. This can also ensure you gather the most information possible during your consultation.
Tell the Truth
Getting a divorce can drag a lot of things from the past into the present or expose skeletons from the back of closets. It can be difficult to discuss certain topics with your lawyer or have to admit to doing something wrong in your marriage. However, the only way your attorney can truly represent your best interests is if he or she knows the truth. You should go into your relationship with your attorney prepared to be honest – you never know what detail will matter to your divorce.
Start a File
Maintaining organization during your divorce is crucial. It is best to start a physical and/or digital file of documents and communications related to your divorce. This file should include your written agreement with your attorney, copies of the initial divorce paperwork, documentation related to your finances and property ownership, and all communications between your and your spouse’s attorney.
Communication between you and your attorney is a two-way street. When you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to your lawyer. When your attorney responds, actively listen to what he or she says. The answer may not be what you wanted to hear, but it will be what you need to hear to move forward with realistic expectations. When your attorney reaches out to you, make sure to return the call or email as soon as possible.
Leesburg Divorce Attorneys Understand the Difficulties of Divorce
The Leesburg lawyers of Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC know how difficult it can be to decide on a divorce and how much harder it can be to reach the end of such a difficult path. We are here to represent your rights in court and fight for the best outcome for you and your children. Call us today to schedule an initial consultation and learn how we can help you.