How to Prepare for Your First Meeting With a Divorce Lawyer
Did you know that every 1 out of 309 adults in Canada is divorced? Going through a divorce is never easy, but you're not alone. People go through divorces every day and there are plenty of resources to help you through it.
The first resource that you're going to need to rely on is a divorce lawyer. Going through a divorce without lawyers is tricky, and it's best to have someone on your side who can help you navigate it.
Preparing for your first consultation with a divorce lawyer can be stressful. This can be a brand new experience, and it's normal to feel nervous.
Our lawyers are here to help you prepare. Keep reading to learn more.
Prepare a Summary of Your Relationship History
Writing a comprehensive summary of your relationship history will help both you and your lawyer prepare for your case. It can be difficult to write the history down, but it's crucial.
Start from the beginning when things were still good. Where did you meet? Did your friends and family members approve of your relationship, or did they try to interfere?
Try to remember the first time that you and your spouse had a serious disagreement that may have led to the divorce. What caused it and how did you react?
As you move forward, discuss the continuing arguments and challenges. You don't have to go too far into detail, but make sure to mention important things like infidelity or abuse.
Explain how you divide finances and childcare (if applicable) as well as employment and education.
Prepare Financial Information
Dividing assets is one of the most challenging parts of any divorce. Make sure that you provide any relevant financial information. If you're not sure what to include, consult our lawyers for guidance.
You're going to need to make a list of assets and debts. Provide proof of your income and any expenses that relate to your family, such as childcare expenses.
Bring a List of Questions and Concerns
It's okay to ask your family lawyer questions to make sure that they're a good fit for your divorce. Coming unprepared is never a good idea.
Ask about your lawyer's expertise in the field. What does a successful divorce look like to them, and how often have they reached that goal? Also, ask about expenses.
Bring up any concerns that you have about the divorce. If you expect your spouse to be uncooperative, this is something that your lawyer should know ahead of time.
By the end of the consultation, you should feel confident in your lawyer’s ability to represent you during the divorce.
Are You Ready for Your Consultation With a Divorce Lawyer?
Your first consultation with a divorce lawyer will be difficult, but with these tips, you can walk in with confidence. Remember: prepare a summary of your relationship history, bring all of your financial information, and come prepared to talk about questions and concerns.
Are you in need of legal advice or representation for your divorce in Ontario? Contact J. Leigh Daboll office serving clients in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and surrounding areas.