Divorce proceedings have many different parts and legal matters that must be taken care of in order for a marriage to be officially over. This starts by hiring an experienced Michigan divorce attorney. When meeting with your attorney for an initial consultation, it is important to know what to expect.
What Information Should I Take With Me?
Going through a divorce is a difficult and complex time in a person’s life. It is because of this that it is important to be prepared ahead of time. This can include bringing the necessary documentation to your attorney. This provides them with a basic understanding of you, your spouse, and the issues of your case. If either you or your spouse has already been filed for divorce, it can be helpful to bring a copy of the complaint. Evidence of both yours and your spouse’s finances should also be brought to the meeting. This can include the following:
- Recent pay stubs
- Individual and business tax returns, W-2 forms, and 1099s
- Recent bank statements
What Can I Expect During a Consultation?
Usually, the first meeting with a divorce attorney lasts approximately one hour. During the meeting, the attorney will ask questions regarding the marriage and situation. This can include the length of the relationship, the income and employment history of both you and your spouse, any assets or debts you both have, if you have children together, and more. The information you may want to give your attorney can include:
- A brief history of the marriage
- Background information about yourself, your spouse, and your children
- Your immediate situation
- Your intentions and goals regarding your situation
- What information you are seeking from the consultation
It is important to know that the advice you may receive in a consultation can vary depending on the circumstances of the divorce.
Can I Bring Support?
Divorce proceedings are often very hard and can draw out many emotions in those who are involved. That is why it is crucial to have a support system at your side during this time. It is because of this that spouses are encouraged to bring a loved one to their consultation with a divorce attorney. This individual can listen, ask questions, and take notes for you.
Contact our Firm
Sometimes, divorce, family, and estate matters are difficult to navigate. Fortunately, they do not have to be with the assistance of a compassionate, knowledgeable attorney who is willing to guide you every step of the way. If you need a seasoned firm to help you with any divorce, family or estate-related matter, please do not hesitate to contact Collis & Griffor today to schedule a consultation.