Questions to Ask Your Divorce Lawyer During the Initial ConsultationBy Moskowitz Law Group, LLC |
An initial consultation is the first meeting you have with a lawyer that can give you the time to discuss relevant information about your case. Deciding to go forward with a divorce is a tough decision to make, but the process can be made easier by choosing a divorce lawyer who understands your needs. There are a few key questions to ask your attorney during the initial consultation.
What Do You Need to Know?
An initial consultation is the time for a lawyer to get to know you. They will want to learn more about your situation, and by asking what they need to know, you are giving them an opportunity to ask you all necessary questions. This will also allow the lawyer to guide you through the initial consultation and help you start building a case.
What are the Current Divorce Procedures in my State?
Every state has different rules, laws, and procedures regarding divorce. If you have a more complex divorce, such as if there are children involved, you may want a lawyer who is familiar with applicable procedures in New Jersey and has sufficient experience in this area. Discuss the steps to initiate a divorce in New Jersey with your lawyer and ask how the state will address custody and/or child support if you have children.
What are Your Legal Fees?
Divorce is already a stressful situation, and you do not want to add more stress worrying about how much the process will cost. By asking about the cost upfront at the initial consultation, you can get an idea of what to expect and be able to financially prepare yourself.
Some follow-up questions could include:
- Is there an upfront retainer fee for your services?
- What does the retainer arrangement mean in terms of payment and overall cost?
- Are there other anticipated costs such as court or office fees?
- What factors impact the length and timing of the divorce?
A local lawyer could address all of these financial concerns and give you peace of mind throughout the early stages of your divorce.
What Can I Expect the Overall Divorce Process to Look Like?
Divorces can be troublesome and difficult to navigate. During the initial consultation, it would be smart to ask your lawyer what you should be expecting going forward. Every divorce is different, but an experienced lawyer could estimate how long the process will take and how complicated it might be based on the information you provide on your situation.
How the Moskowitz Law Group Can Help
The legal team at Moskowitz Law Group is devoted to divorce and family law matters and understands that individuals have concerns and questions regarding the divorce process. Moskowitz Law Group also offers free case evaluations to address your concerns and explain how we can help. Call today to learn more.