If you are going through a divorce, one of the main tasks you need to complete is to hire a competent divorce lawyer. Even if your divorce is happening amicably and without nasty fighting, it is still important to contact a lawyer in order to ensure you are complying correctly with the divorce proceedings.
When hiring a divorce lawyer, you may not know what to expect. At the end of the day, this professional is there to make sure you can get the best out of a divorce settlement, both financially, and custody-wise if there are children involved.
To be able to understand divorce settlements and proceedings a little better, you need to be asking the right questions.
Here are 3 questions to ask your divorce lawyer during your first meeting.
How long will my case take to go forward?
Before you meet with your divorce lawyer, you will have provided them with the basic details of your case. These might include:
- Whether or not you have children.
- A list of your assets, including shared properties, cars, land and investments.
- Your relationship history, such as how long you have been together.
- Other important information, such as whether you or your spouse was unfaithful, or details of other misconduct.
- Whether or not you and your spouse are on good terms/are willing to discuss things amicably.
When you meet with your lawyer, they will be able to decipher an approximation of the length of time your proceedings may take. This won’t be exact, as it depends on how events unfold – plus, court dates can always change – but they will be able to estimate. In addition, your lawyer can explain to you aspects of your case that may be difficult to resolve.
What are your rates and how are they broken down?
One important question to ask is about rates. Your divorce lawyer will have briefly described their rates to you already, but you need to ask for a detailed breakdown of the rates in writing in your first meeting. This will ensure that you are completely aware of how much you will be charged, and avoid any disagreements or confusion down the line.
Who else might work on my case?
This might sound like an odd question, but seeing as divorce is a very personal situation, you may want to know who else will be involved in your case. This might be court clerks, divorce solicitors, a judge and even perhaps a social worker if children are involved. Knowing exactly who has access to your information and may be contacting you can help you get your head around the whole thing. Your lawyer can inform you of the names of other staff members who might be involved, allowing you to make your peace with it and prepare to meet or be contacted by those people.
If you are going through a divorce and are wondering what questions to ask your lawyer, use this guide to get you started.
*this is a collaborative post*