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What to Expect During Your First Meeting with a Divorce Attorney

During your first meeting with a divorce attorney, you should be evaluating your comfort level with the attorney. Your first meeting with a divorce attorney will consist of information gathering and speaking about goals. The family attorney will ask you some questions about your unique situation. You'll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for the lawyer.

Bring Any Relevant Documents
If you aren't sure which documents you should bring to the meeting, you can call the law firm ahead of time to ask. Generally, clients are asked to bring relevant financial documents such as tax returns, bank statements, pay stubs, and a list of marital assets. If you think you may be filing for a fault-based divorce, it can also be helpful to bring any evidence you may have of your spouse's wrongdoing, such as evidence of adultery, abuse, mental illness, or substance abuse.

Answer and Ask Questions
It's a good idea to bring along a list of questions you may have for your divorce attorney. You might ask

questions pertaining to the divorce process and your attorney's experience as a family law expert, for example. The divorce attorney will likely ask you some basic questions such as whether you have minor children, whether you're employed, when and where you were married, and whether you have had any previous marriages terminated. Be sure to inform the attorney about the best way to contact you. Some divorce law clients might prefer that the law office avoid contacting them at home because there might be a chance that the spouse will answer the phone.

Discuss Your Main Concerns
Let your divorce attorney know what your main goals are for the outcome of the case. If you have minor children, your priority might be to gain primary physical custody of them. Other common concerns might include whether you can continue to live in the marital home and whether you might receive your preferred marital assets.

Explore Your Options
Your divorce attorney can provide you with a basic overview of the divorce process. Georgia allows for both fault-based and no fault divorces. There is also the possibility of going through mediation to come to a resolution, rather than placing the matter solely in the hands of the judge. Your attorney can help you determine which option may be best for you.

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