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Your First Meeting With A Divorce Attorney

The decision to divorce is not one that most people take lightly. However, it can sometimes be the best choice for your mental health, and perhaps even your physical health. If you do decide to pursue a divorce, you will need to meet with a divorce lawyer for some help initiating the process. This initial meeting can be a little tough to navigate, but the following tips should help. 

Write down a brief statement as to why you're seeking a divorce.

One of the first questions your attorney is likely to ask is why you're seeking a divorce. This can be a difficult question to answer and one that brings about a lot of emotion. You'll have an easier time making your point if you write down your reasons for pursuing a divorce. You can then read the statement to your attorney, or if that is too hard, you can just hand your attorney the piece of paper and let them read the statement for themselves.

Bring a friend along, if desired.

If you feel comfortable and confident seeing the attorney alone, you can absolutely do so. However, some people feel more comfortable bringing a friend or family member to support them when they meet with the attorney. The attorney should be fine with this, but it's not a bad idea to call ahead and check with them beforehand. Having someone there to reassure you, serve a second set of ears, and offer emotional support can make the meeting more productive and less uncomfortable.

Let the lawyer guide your next move.

You may already be pondering what possessions you want to keep, what compromises you are willing to make with your spouse, and so forth. However, it is often best to go into this first meeting with an open mind. Let your lawyer assess the situation and make recommendations in this regard. They will have a better idea of what you're realistically able to keep, compromise on, and so forth. Laws in this regard vary by state, and can also be influenced by your reason for divorce. So, it's best to let an experienced attorney guide your plan in this regard.

If you follow the tips above, you should have a more successful and productive meeting with a divorce lawyer. It's okay to move on from a marriage that is no longer serving you, and the right attorney can make that not only possible but beneficial.

Contact a local divorce lawyer to learn more.