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Checklist of Documents for your First Divorce Meeting
If it is your first meeting with your divorce lawyer, you probably have these three reasons.
The first and foremost is that you are very unhappy in your marriage but know very little about divorce. You need to gather some necessary information so you can make educated decisions about preserving or ending your marriage. You do not know whether or not you’re going to get divorced. You just need to know what your options are.
The second reason is that you have made the decision to end your marriage and you’re meeting with your divorce attorney for the first time because you want to file a divorce. You’re over a lot of the emotional pain, and you are now ready for action.
The third reason is that your partner has filed a divorce against you, and you want to protect your rights. You could have been served with a citation — an official document from the court advising you which you had been sued for divorce and giving you a specific time to respond to the court or ordering you to appear in court on a particular date. Alternatively, you may have received a letter from your partner’s lawyer asking you to get an attorney and warning you that if you don’t, you’ll be served with a citation. In any event, it’s time for you to respond.
Checklist for Your First Divorce Meeting:
- Details like full name, address, phone number and date of birth for you and your spouse.
- Also names, dates of birth and school details for your children (including all children in your home no matter of whether they’re from this marriage or not).
- Your marriage certificate or Civil Partnership certificates. Keep in mind of the impact this may have if your partner realizes it’s gone and isn’t aware you’re searching out first advice. A certified copy can be received from the register of Births Deaths and Marriages local to your place of marriage.
- Employment details, including with earnings.
- Estimate of property value (some sites can help you see what your property may be worth, based on similar properties recently sold on your street).
- The remaining value of any mortgages/loans on the property, and the lender’s information
- Details of any other properties including savings and pensions
- and details of some other debts including credit and store cards.
This list is never exhaustive, but it does cover the necessary information your lawyer will require. Don’t worry if you don’t have all this data at the first meeting; it can be provided later. But, the more information you can give to your attorney, the more detailed their advice will be.
Further things to consider preparing include:
- A snapshot of your current outgoings to give your lawyer an idea of your current financial situation and lifestyle.
- If you and your spouse have already separated, give a summary including the date and circumstances.
- If you or your partner were married already then details about the divorce and any court orders that might have made between you’re helpful.
- Bring any paperwork that shows particular financial contributions you have made. These should include a complete statement from the sale of a previous house or documents showing an inheritance.
How We Can Help
It’s essential that clients go away their first lawyer meeting feeling they’ve been heard and understood, and that their attorney is tuned in to their specific needs. They should also view their lawyer as someone who has experience, capable and accessible – someone who can guide them through the stressful time ahead.
Keep in mind, you and your professional divorce lawyer will work as a team. Here at Law Office Of Alice Pare we specialize in family law and offer clear, dependable advice on all family law problems, including divorce.
If you’d like to understand your legal position well, before embarking on any definite course of action, then call us today at 301-515-1190 to set up your initial consultation.