Need To Know For Your Initial Consultation with a
by Jeff Miller
If you’re facing a divorce, your world is
probably a little upside down right now. It’s a very jarring
experience to go through a divorce. You have to start
thinking about life after divorce, figure out your finances,
deal with all of the emotions swirling through you, and hire
a lawyer to handle your case.
With so much to deal with, the one thing that shouldn’t be
overwhelming or stressful is meeting with a Florida divorce
attorney. After all, it’s the attorney’s job to make your
divorce easier on you, to reduce your stress.
Of course, before you hire a divorce lawyer, you need to
meet with the lawyer to ensure they’re the right choice for
you. This involves an initial consultation. Knowing what to
expect during your consultation with a potential divorce
attorney will prepare you to get the most from the
consultation so you can make an informed decision that’s
truly in your best interest.
The first thing you need to do is show up to your first
consultation with the right documents. Some of the things
you should bring include: the last few years of tax filings,
your most recent W-2, any evidence you might have of marital
misconduct, retirement statements, financial statements
(bank statements, credit card bills, etc.), list of
property, legal documents, and anything else your divorce
Why are these documents so important?
Because they help the attorney understands your average
income and assets so that he or she can work to ensure fair
division of property and support arrangements for your
You also need to be prepared to ask your lawyer a number of
questions to determine if this truly is the best divorce
attorney for your case.
Some questions you need to ask are:
1.How long have you been handling divorce cases in Florida?
You need a lawyer that has been practicing family law in
Florida for several years. Florida divorce laws are
different from those in other states, so make sure your
lawyer has the right experience to handle your case without
any mistakes being made.
2. Have you handled a case like mine? Every divorce case is
different. Your case may be centered around some specific
element (e.g. marital misconduct, child abuse) that requires
a unique approach. You want to be certain the lawyer you
choose has worked on cases that are similar to yours.
3.What approach will you take with this case? Every lawyer
has his or her own style. Some lawyers are really
aggressive; others are laid back. And other lawyers bring a
balance, allowing them to be as aggressive as necessary to
protect your rights and secure a positive outcome to your
4. How much do you charge? Rates are very important. You
need to know if you can afford to hire the attorney, and you
need to understand how the attorney will bill you so there
are no surprises later.
With this information, you’ll get much more from your
initial consultation with a divorce lawyer