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What Your Divorce Lawyer Needs to Know

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The dissolution of a marriage comes with issues that can be difficult or confusing for someone to face on their own. You are required to make tough decisions, from division of assets and alimony to child custody. It’s possible a divorce could go to trial, in which case you’ll want a lawyer to represent you in court.

For a lawyer to help you reach the most beneficial outcome, it’s important that they understand your situation in its entirety. It’s in your best interest to be open with your lawyer, as withholding pertinent details can potentially damage your case. 

Questions a Divorce Lawyer Will Ask

An initial consultation affords you the opportunity to provide your legal team with the information they need to prepare a solid case in your favor. Preparing for this meeting can help set you on the course for success. You may wonder, “What questions will a divorce lawyer ask during this meeting?” While every practice is different, here are some questions you can expect to answer during your consultation.

1. Do You Have Nuptial Agreements?

A nuptial agreement will determine how property, debts, and income are divided in a divorce. Your lawyer will need to understand the details of the agreement so they can decide how to negotiate and present your case. If you have any concerns the agreement is invalid, let your attorney know so they can plan their argument accordingly.

2. Do You and Your Spouse Have Children Together? 

In the case of a divorce where kids are concerned, the court must keep the children’s best interests in mind. This includes how they are raised, where they will live, financial needs, and educational opportunities. Topics like child support, custody, and visitation will also affect the complexity of your case.

3. What Assets and Debts Do You Have? 

A divorce divides property and outstanding debts. Your lawyer must understand what this entails so they can determine what to consider in their case. They’ll need to ensure everything is divided appropriately and fairly according to the law. They also need to know if there are any particular items you want to keep so they can negotiate ownership.

What to Share with Your Lawyer

Remember, anything you tell your lawyer is confidential. While some information may be embarrassing, it could be important to the outcome of your case. 

Prepare to share the following information with your divorce lawyer:

  • All relevant details: While you don’t need to reveal every detail of your family life, report the information that could impact your case.
  • Marital history: Create a chronological timeline that outlines key facts about your marriage.
  • Domestic violence: If there is verbal or physical violence involved in your family relationship, be candid and discuss it with your attorney.
  • Expectations for the outcome: Discuss with your lawyer your goals for the outcome of the case, including child custody, division of property, and child support.

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