What Should I Expect During an Initial Consultation With a Divorce Attorney in New Jersey?

There are many different parts and legal matters that must be taken care of during divorce proceedings of in order for a marriage to be officially over. To begin the process, spouses can benefit from hiring a compassionate and experienced New Jersey divorce attorney. When meeting with your attorney for the first time, it is important to be prepared and know what to expect. 

What Information Should I Take With Me?

Divorce proceedings are often complex and many spouses are unsure of what to do. It is because of this that it is important to be prepared ahead of time. This can include educating yourself and bringing the proper documents to your first meeting with an attorney. Doing so provides them with a general understanding of you, your spouse, and your personal situation. Documentation that can be beneficial to have during the initial consultation can include the following:

  • The divorce complaint, if already filed
  • Recent pay stubs
  • Individual and business tax returns, W-2 forms, and 1099s
  • Recent bank statements

What Can I Expect During a Consultation?

Generally, the first meeting with a divorce attorney can last about one hour. During it, the attorney will ask a variety of questions pertaining to your marriage and the situation at hand. This can include the length of the relationship, income and employment history, any assets or debts either party has, if any children are involved, etc. The information you may wish to give your attorney for detailed advice can include the following:

  • A brief history of the marriage
  • Background information about yourself, your spouse, and your children
  • Your immediate situation
  • Your intentions and goals regarding your situation
  • What information you are seeking from the consultation

It is important to know that the advice you may receive in a consultation can vary depending on the circumstances of the divorce.

Can I Bring Support?

When a person goes through a divorce, it can often be very difficult and draw out many different emotions in them. It is because of this that it is important to have a support system that you can lean on during this trying time. This can involve bringing a loved one to your initial consultation with you. During the meeting, they can listen along, ask important questions, and write down notes for you to look at later on.

Contact our Firm

We understand that those getting a divorce most likely have several questions regarding the weeks and months to come. Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC is honored to serve the people of New Jersey, including Sparta, Sussex County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Bergen County with the quality legal services they deserve. If you are getting a divorce or have any other questions regarding divorce-related matters, please do not hesitate to contact our firm for a consultation today.