The process of going through a divorce can taxing in a number of ways, requiring both time and money. And although each divorce case is unique, it’s typically in the best interest of all parties involved to resolve the matter in the most expeditious way possible. Not only does this shorten an unnecessarily lengthy process, but resolving a divorce quickly allows all parties to move forward sooner rather than later.
While it’s true that there are many things outside of one’s control when it comes to the legal process of divorcing, there are some family law matters than can and should be attended to prior to consulting with a divorce attorney. Not only does this make the job of divorce lawyers easier and thus expedites the entire process, but client preparation also means added peace of mind for everyone. Furthermore, the right information can also help to ensure a fair settlement or custody order.
Family law divorces, including the divorce attorneys that represent clients, require a great deal of legal and financial paperwork, including documents, statements, receipts, tax returns, and much more. Before a client even makes a final decision on a divorce attorney, it’s important that all their paperwork be in order, at least somewhat. Divorce attorneys are no different than other attorneys in that their time and effort is paid for by the their client. Therefore it’s in the client’s best interest to submit any necessary legal or financial documentation as soon as possible!
Before working with a divorce attorney, clients should also consider working with or seeing a mental health professional such as a counselor or therapist. This is especially important when children are involved in the separation. Even if both clients anticipated the possibility of divorce, it can still be an extremely emotionally and mentally taxing experience full of a variety of conflicting emotions. Seeing a therapist can help all involved to make better sense of this transition and feel more confident in moving forward. This is also true of seeking support from friends, family, and other loved ones.
It’s also important for clients to have realistic expectations before seeing a divorce lawyer.