When one party of a married couple decides to meet with a divorce lawyer, it is often too late. They have no money saved up. They have no plans in place, particularly when children are involved. They have no idea about the household debts. They may not even have a job.
This can lead to a complicated situation. Since each divorce is different, waiting too long gives a lawyer fewer options to work with. You don’t want to be moved out of the marital home and splitting up your assets before speaking to a lawyer. That’s why if you are even considering the thought of divorce, you should call and schedule a consultation right away.
It’s important to understand your legal rights and know all your options as soon as possible. When you finally decide to divorce, things are likely escalated by then. Emotions are running high. You’re not thinking straight. Your first thought may be to move out with the kids, but that can lead to implications down the road.
Meeting with a divorce lawyer early on can be especially helpful if you have kids. You’ll want to start creating a co-parenting plan. You’ll want to know about custody options.
Meeting with a divorce lawyer after a fight may seem like you’re jumping the gun. It’s not. Scheduling a consultation is a way to protect yourself. After all, your spouse may be doing the same thing, so you don’t want to be caught off guard. Even if you and your spouse reconcile and divorce is off the table, at least you’ll know about your options and what to expect. This can make you feel less anxious about the process.
Before meeting with the lawyer, you may want to ask about rates. Some offer free consultations, others don’t. You should also inquire about what documentation you should bring. Documents showing your financial situation, such as tax returns and pay stubs are often required. If you have a prenuptial agreement, bring that as well. Come prepared with questions you have about the process. You should avoid telling your spouse that you are meeting with a lawyer. Keep it confidential for now.
Keep in mind that this meeting is simply a consultation. You are not obligated to file divorce paperwork. Use this meeting as an opportunity to learn more about your rights and the various options for divorce, which will include mediation, settlements, mediation and litigation. This knowledge will help you make the right decisions if and when the time comes.
You don’t have to wait until you have reached a boiling point with your spouse to seek legal help. Once divorce becomes a possibility, it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation and understand your options. That way, if you decide to divorce months or even years down the road, you’ll be prepared emotionally and financially.
Is your marriage on the rocks? Worried that things won’t get better? The Columbia divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can advise you of your options. Schedule a free consultation today. Fill out the online form or call (410) 774-5987.
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