It’s very important when you come for a consultation to have an understanding of your financial situation. I do have many people that come to me and say they don’t know anything about their finances. And I can appreciate that, but it’s going to be a much more costly process if a person doesn’t have any idea of what their finances are. And also, it’s very difficult once litigation starts to ascertain finances if you are the party that doesn’t have any knowledge of them.
Sometimes it’s very difficult, but my primary statement to someone who’s divorcing would be that they should have a sense of what their financial situation is when they come to see a divorce attorney. For an initial consultation, a person should bring tax returns, bank statements, and mortgage statements, anything that evidences the financial situation.
Judith S. Charny has been practicing law in South Jersey since 1984 and established her own practice in 1999. Ms. Charny concentrates in divorce and family law, including collaborative law and divorce mediation.