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What Should I Bring With Me When Meeting With a Family Law Attorney?

You have decided that it is time to meet with an attorney.  You do your research, find an attorney and schedule an initial consultation.  However, you have never done this before and may be wondering what documents or information you should bring with you to the appointment.

Here are some ideas for what you should bring to your first meeting with your attorney:

  • Any written prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement
  • Federal and state tax returns
  • Any paystubs or other records of earned income
  • Any police reports made by one spouse against the other spouse
  • Any court order for protection from abuse and any documents that support the order
  • Any divorce papers that have been served
  • Any Family Law Court orders  if divorce proceedings have already started
  • An inventory of property listing all the assets and debts acquired by both spouses starting from the date of your marriage until now.
  • Any offer of settlement from your spouse
  • Any ideas and questions you have about the divorce process

The single most important thing to have when preparing for a divorce ― regardless of whether you are initiating the dissolution or your spouse is serving you with divorce papers ― is an excellent attorney.  You and your attorney work as a team.  Please contact our office and let one of our experienced attorneys help you navigate through the process.


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