Going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful experiences there is. Whether your case is uncontested and each of you are in agreement to all of the provisions of the divorce, or we negotiate a fair settlement of your case, or go to a contested hearing, the Keene Law Office can effectively handle your case from start to finish. Here are some tips to make the most of your time with your divorce attorney because working with your attorney can save you money and can enhance your settlement.
Your call to our office is confidential. When placing that first call to our office, know that what you say, including your name and reason you are calling will be kept strictly confidential. If you do not provide your name, the conversation cannot be continued. This protects both you and our clients. We need to be aware of potential conflicts of interest.
When you come in for your initial appointment, you will need to bring any court papers that have been filed or entered by the Court. You will fill out an intake. The information on the intake is necessary so an attorney can be prepared to file a case on short notice if necessary. The first questions on the intake will pertain to names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and social security numbers. This information also helps our office keep track of who comes in to avoid potential conflicts. This information is not shared with anyone and is confidential. It is often helpful to have your tax returns, expenses and debts, paystubs, bank statements or other documents with numbers and other pertinent information that you have easy access to.
Bring your written list of questions when you come in. Most people find it helpful to have a written list of questions to make the most of the time you have with the attorney. Divorce is emotional and stressful and very often you will forget the very thing you want to ask.
Think of dissolving a marriage like dissolving a business partnership
If you are not sure, learn about the true financial picture of your marital estate. Some of the things to be located or be aware of that you may need to provide throughout a divorce proceeding are as follows:
- Tax returns for the last two years as well as any information about self-employment or business partnerships, companies, corporation etc. you or your spouse may have ownership in.
- Descriptions and statements of retirement plans, 401(k) plans, IRA's, etc.
- Debts: This would include credit cards, loans, mortgages, medical bills, etc.
- Life insurance and medical insurance information for you, your children and your spouse
- Bank account information and information of any other assets (stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.) (There may be other documents that you have to get together but you should know where this information is located or have copies of it.)
It is important to have a realistic picture of your situation so your attorney can discuss what your options are and guide you on a prudent and realistic course of action.