Preparing for a Divorce Consultation

If you and/or your spouse have committed to divorcing or you are at risk of divorcing anytime soon, it is a good idea to schedule a risk-free consultation with an experienced lawyer in your area. States each have distinct laws that affect the divorce process, so you’ll need to find a reputable attorney who is both licensed to practice in your state and who employs an approach to representation that fits your needs. Speaking with a lawyer in a risk-free consultation is not only a great way to learn exactly how they represent their clients’ interests but also to learn about their perceptions of what kind of approach may best serve your interests uniquely. Reach out to Hurst, Robin, Kay & Allen, LLC to learn more about the divorce process and how to settle amicably.

Clarifying Your Priorities

Some divorce lawyers specialize in high-conflict divorce cases. Others specialize in a mediation-based approach to non-contentious divorce. Still, others handle lawyer-led negotiation settlements, low-conflict divorces, and/or formalizing simple divorces that require little more than the execution of a few standard forms. It is important to think critically about how contentious and/or complex your divorce process is likely to get. Otherwise, you could risk working with a lawyer whose approach doesn’t meet your specific needs.

What Kind of Things Should Be Considered in a Divorce?

If you are unsure of what your needs are at this time, you’re not alone. Divorce is an overwhelming process and it isn’t always easy to know what you need at the start. If you’re struggling to process the journey ahead, ask yourself first and foremost, is your divorce likely to become so contentious that a judge will need to intervene in order to settle fundamental differences between you and your spouse? If not, do you think that you and your spouse can generally agree to terms on your own or will your legal counsel need to negotiate and/or accompany you to a mediation setting before you’ll be able to hammer out your property division and/or child custody disputes? Knowing the answers to these questions will help to ensure that your consultation is as productive as possible.

What Assets or Documents Are in the Divorce?

Additionally, it can be very helpful to bring along a list of any property, financial assets, debts, and intangible assets that you and your spouse have acquired since you got married. This list will help your divorce lawyer in Chicago, IL to assess what a potentially successful property division strategy might look like for you. Finally, make sure to bring along a list of questions and something to take notes with. You’ll want to leave your consultation empowered to take the next steps in an informed way. Divorce can be a lengthy and sometimes difficult process, which is why it is important to be well prepared beforehand. It’s also important to have legal counsel on your side that can provide much-needed experience to help settle quickly and peacefully. Contact Hurst, Robin, Kay & Allen, LLC today to get the assistance that you and your family need with divorce.