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How to Prepare for Your First Meeting With a Divorce Attorney

Filing for Divorce

Before meeting with your divorce attorney for the first time, there are two specific documents that you’ll need to prepare. The first document is a simple biographical summary. It should include your full legal name, your address and all phone numbers, place of employment and its address, date of birth, your Social Security number, and your driver’s license number. The document should also contain the same information for your spouse. 

The second document requires a little more effort. You will need to prepare a narrative of your marriage for your family law attorney. In this narrative, you should include a description of yourself, your spouse, and your children. It should also contain a complete description of your history with your spouse, including your past and current marital problems, your personal strengths and weaknesses, and those of your spouse. The average narrative is 3 to 10 pages in length. 

After you’ve prepared these documents, there is one more category of information you’ll need to prepare – your financial information. Your divorce attorney needs to know about your liabilities and your assets. You should create a comprehensive portfolio of your basic assets, which includes your checking accounts, cash, IRAs, savings accounts, pension funds, 401K, real estate and houses, automobiles, and any other significant physical or financial assets you may have. Your financial documents should also include copies of your tax returns for the last two years and a detailed list of your monthly living expenses. 

The final step you need to prepare for your meeting with a divorce attorney is to take a deep breath. I tell all of my new clients that the decision to divorce is never a simple or easy one, but you have done your homework. 

Whether you are seeking out information about divorce or have decided to go ahead and proceed with one, place your trust in the Law Office of John R Rinn. With more than 30 years of experience in family law, I will work diligently to secure the best outcome for you and your family. Contact me today to schedule a consultation!

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