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What to Expect When You Engage a Divorce Attorney

If divorce is on the mind, the chances are you’re considering talking to an attorney. This can be a big (and often difficult) first step to take. It may end up being the best decision you make, though! Here’s what to expect when you engage a divorce attorney.


During your first meeting with a divorce attorney, you will have time to ask questions. Many people choose to use this time to ask the questions, “do you think I can win…custody, parental rights, etc.?” While that’s important, you might also want to take some time to ask about your potential attorney’s competency. Don’t be afraid to ask your attorney about their experience in family law and about their experience with cases specifically like yours. Even though each divorce is unique, there are many similarities. Your potential attorney will be upfront about their ability and experience to navigate the ins and outs of your specific situation. 

If you have more questions after that first meeting (and you will), make sure to write them down. It may be easier to ask your attorney several questions at one time instead of asking them as they come into your head.

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Relevant Divorce Information 

Your first meeting is the time when you should provide relevant information about your divorce. While you can get into the specifics later on, give your attorney an overview of the situation. Things such as the reason for the divorce, whether you mutually own anything, if you have children, and even how long you’ve been married can all play an important part in your divorce case. 

Even if you think you may be at fault or if there are unsavory facts related to the situation, don’t be afraid to share these with your attorney during the first meeting.

If the divorce has already been filed, now is the time to talk to the attorney about that. There are also other things that you’ll want to provide specific information on including prenuptial agreements and any extenuating circumstances.

Fee Structure 

When you engage a divorce attorney, one of the biggest questions you might have is how much you’re going to have to pay for the divorce. There is no way to know for sure how much the entire divorce will cost you, but your attorney should be able to provide you with a fairly accurate estimate. It’s a good idea to learn about the attorney’s fee structure and what you can expect after retaining your divorce attorney. Your attorney should also provide you with their hourly or set rate and go over everything they expect they’ll need to do. Keep in mind that there are no guarantees in court cases, so expect to pay more than the estimate! 

Confidence in Attorneys 

If you don’t feel absolutely comfortable when you engage a divorce attorney, don’t continue the working relationship. You must be confident in their abilities and feel good about the work they are doing. When you are able to put your trust in your attorney, you’ll be more successful long-term. Know that you’re going to have to cooperate with the things that they’re requesting during your case and keep in mind that they are a divorce professional. 

Maintaining Your Privacy

From the very first time you engage a divorce attorney, he or she is required to protect your privacy. Many attorneys will not give advice until they have received a retainer, but every attorney must maintain your privacy once they begin speaking with you. Keep that in mind when you’re going over the specifics of your case and use that information to allow yourself to open up. After all, your attorney can’t help you if they don’t know have all of the information they need.The right divorce attorney can make a world of difference when it comes to your case. Engaging an attorney who knows what they are doing, has experience with your situation, and practices in your state is important. Let Marquis Family Law guide you through the divorce process. Schedule a meeting now.

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