Divorce Lawyers: Three Things You Should Always Tell Them

Posted on: 14 June 2021

If you've finally decided to end things with your partner and you want to get the process started as quickly and smoothly as possible, then one of the first steps that you need to take is finding a divorce lawyer who will represent your best interests. This article examines three very important things that you should always tell your divorce lawyer during your first meeting.

The grounds of the divorce

What are the grounds for your divorce? No matter if it's adultery or just irreconcilable differences, please make sure that this is clear. Ideally, you should be able to walk into your divorce lawyer's office and state which grounds the court will be using. In the case of irreconcilable differences, an amicable separation is usually considered to be grounds enough.

The existence of any children or dependents

If there are children in the relationship, especially if there are children from a previous marriage or relationships, this is extremely important. Divorce is never easy for any child; however, the legal process can make it especially difficult. Not only will your children have to go through the separation and subsequent divorce of their parents, but they will also have to undergo a custody/visitation battle. Divorce lawyers can often help you negotiate arrangements with regards to child or spousal support, as well as maintenance payments and custody/visitation arrangements. No one wants to see their kids suffer through a divorce. A valid, legal separation can often be accomplished while the parties keep in close contact with one another and make decisions that are in the best interest of the children based upon a mutual agreement. 

The details of personal and family finances

Divorce is never just about money and alimony. Your marital properties may be divided in a way that could benefit your children in the future while also providing financial support to you if you need it. You may also find yourself in a situation where you are unable to agree on the division of money and property with your partner. If this is the case, it is important to know what will happen with your property during the course of a divorce including how it will be divided, who will keep the title, and what will happen with taxes and insurance on the property. This information can help you make decisions about how much alimony or spousal support you may require. A lawyer will be able to explain the process by which a court can help decide on how property and money should be divided.

For more information, contact a divorce lawyer today.