What to bring to an initial consultation with your divorce attorney

What to bring to an initial consultation with your divorce attorney

An initial consultation with a divorce attorney can be a very overwhelming experience. For many, the fact that you made the decision to meet with an attorney often means that you are contemplating proceeding with a divorce which can be a very nervous and emotional feeling.

We are often asked what to bring to an initial consultation. Because the initial meeting can be an overload of information, it is important to write down a list of questions that you would like answered. It is very easy to leave the meeting feeling that you still have questions so if you make a list and take notes during the meeting you will have a better understanding of what to expect and ensure your questions are answered.

Because a significant part of the divorce process revolves around your family’s finances, you should bring your last three filed income tax returns and all supporting documentation such as W-2s, 1099s and the like. You should have a working knowledge of your assets and liabilities. If available, bring current account statements for all financial accounts held jointly with your spouse, and in each of your individual names.

Remember that this is just an initial meeting. Most attorneys welcome follow up telephone calls, emails or text messages from a prospective client should additional clarification be needed.