You’ve decided now is the time to divorce.
You’ve done your research on the internet about divorce and Utah divorce attorneys.
You chose a few offices, called them (the first call was a bit nerve-wracking), and set some consultation appointments.
Now, you have to figure out what to say and what to bring to the appointment.
In a previous post, I gave pointers on six specific questions to ask during your consultations, as well as a few not to ask.
Today, I wanted to cover a few things you may want to bring to the consultation to help make it productive.
#1: Your last three years of taxes.
Money is a big issue in divorce. Whoever you meet with will need to know how much you make and how much your spouse makes. This will help when you talk about alimony and child support, among other things.
And you don’t need every receipt from your taxes, just the standard return pages.
#2: Your most recent current pay stub (yours and your spouse’s).
Same reasoning as above, but current pay stubs give a right-now snapshot of income.
#3: A list of questions to ask the attorney.
I’ve met with thousands of people about divorce, and almost all of them forget questions they wished they had asked.
Write your questions down to make sure you remember.
(Note: I’ll put another plug in for my six questions. The answers will prove helpful.)
#4: Your story.
Everyone needs to tell their story when they meet with a divorce attorney, if for no other reason than to provide background.
Writing down your story and bringing it with you will organize your thoughts, will cause you to think about which points are truly important, and will ensure you don’t forget those important points.
#5: Police reports if there are any.
Sometimes in marriages things get pretty bad. Those times can lead to calls to the police.
If this has happened in your marriage, it is very helpful for an attorney to see all of those police reports.
You can usually get those reports by going to the police station in the city where the incident took place. Tell them the date of the incident, the names of all involved, and the address of the home where the police went. They should be able to find the report pretty easily with that information.
What I’ve written above are some pointers.
If you can’t put all of these things together before you meet with a divorce attorney, that’s okay. Go and tell your story and get the help you need anyway.
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