Before you hire an attorney for any purpose, including that of getting a divorce, it is wise to meet with the attorney for a free consultation first. When you schedule a consultation with a Michigan divorce attorney, here are some things to expect and be prepared with:
Be Prepared for Things to Get Personal
You need to be prepared for a consultation with your divorce attorney to get personal; divorce is a very emotional experience, and your divorce attorney may need to ask you intimate questions about your relationship with your spouse in order to competently represent you. You should share with your attorney as much as you feel comfortable with; if you don’t feel comfortable, it may be time to look for another attorney. You should also acknowledge prior to attending your consultation any feelings of sadness of anger that you may have, and be prepared for these emotions to come out when talking with your lawyer.
Know Your Financial Situation
You need to have a good idea of your financial picture when you meet with an attorney for the first time, and should come prepared as such. During a divorce, you and your spouse will need to divide your assets and property. You should come prepared to your consultation with information about:
- Income and earnings;
- Bank Accounts and brokerage accounts;
- Retirement accounts;
- Credit card debt;
- Student loans; and
- Any other finances.
Feel Free to Ask Questions
A consultation is a time for an attorney to learn about what you’re going through and what issues you will face during a divorce. However, it is also a time for you to learn about the attorney and their process, as well as what you can expect during the divorce process. Feel free to ask any questions that come to mind. It is especially important to ask an attorney what their experience is handling divorce cases like yours, and how much they charge for services.
Know What You Want
If there are things that you are very adamant about when it comes to a divorce settlement – like getting full custody of your children – you need to express this to your attorney. An attorney cannot efficiently represent you unless they understand your expectations and desires, too.
Schedule Your Consultation with Our Michigan Divorce Law FIrm Today
You don’t have to go through a divorce alone. At the Law Offices of Michael A. Robbins, we are here to represent and support you throughout the entire process. Our law firm has more than 30 years of experience, and truly cares about the outcome of your divorce case.