Bringing all of the relevant information you can to your initial consultation will prove to them that you are serious about this process, while also informing them of what to expect in your divorce case.
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"What information do I need to bring to an initial consultation with my divorce lawyer?"
In addition, if there is a computer in the home, consider making a disk or a printout of any files containing income and expense information, along with business and even personal data. You can never bring too much information to an initial consultation. Any calendars with notes on them, as well as diaries kept or logs kept, are beneficial.
You should also provide demonstrative evidence you think may be important. For example, if there is domestic violence and pictures were taken of an incident, these pictures should be brought to the meeting. Some clients don't have any financial information, since the other partner is solely responsible for the family's finances. However, this information would be solicited through discovery in the divorce proceedings. If you have prepared a letter or statement listing what you feel to be the important facts and concerns, bring that with you as well.
Victoria A. Calebrese has specialized in family law since 1984. An attorney with Lewis Kapner P.A. Attorneys, she combines extensive, traditional litigation experience with an emphasis on settlement and mediation to effectively represent clients while remaining dedicated to preserving and protecting the family.