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What to expect during your first meeting with a divorce attorney

Going through a divorce in Arizona is often an emotional and stressful affair. You want to remain calm while handling important issues like asset division and child custody plans. Meeting with a divorce attorney for an initial consultation may help things seem smoother going forward.

What happens during your first consultation?

You should be fully prepared when you meet with a divorce attorney during your initial consultation. You will have to talk about the circumstances surrounding your case. You should be the one doing the most talking while the attorney listens. They will probably take notes and ask you questions, so be prepared to truthfully answer those questions.

Your divorce attorney will ask you for your contact information. At the very least, you should provide them with your cellphone number, home address and email address. They may also want your date of marriage and the names and ages of your children. Other information that’s pertinent to your divorce case should be provided as well, including your employment and your spouse’s employment information, your income, assets and liabilities. Your attorney will also ask if you had a prenuptial agreement.

Potential issues surrounding your case

After listening to your story, your divorce attorney may tell you about any potential issues they see coming up in your case. This might include financial aspects such as spousal support, child support and distribution of assets. They may also tell you if they believe that an expert witness might be needed for your case.

The attorney may bring up mediation or collaborative divorce, which is a better alternative than traditional divorce for many couples. At the end of the consultation, they will discuss their fee and how you will be billed for their services.

An attorney may help you protect your rights during your divorce. Your legal representative may be able to negotiate a fair and equitable division of property and assets and more. Your attorney might also offer help coming up with a plan for child custody, child support and visitation with your spouse.