Free consultation with a divorce lawyer.
Most reputable divorce attorneys in Texas will offer a free initial consultation. You shouldn't have to pay any kind of fee just to find out if a lawyer can help you. These consultations can happen in person or over the phone and are meant to act as an interview both for you and the attorney. Just like any interview, you should be prepared to answer, and ask, the right questions.
What questions to ask during your divorce consultation.
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What should I tell my divorce attorney?
Now is not the time to be shy. It is very common to think that your situation in unique. The reality is that thousands of people get divorced every year under very similar circumstances. Your situation may be new to you but rest assured when you speak to a seasoned divorce attorney, it's just another day at the office. This is not to say that your situation is any less important, but you will need to get very personal with this lawyer and understand that the details of your marriage and what lead to your divorce are crucial to the advice you will receive and help your attorney prepare for, and deal with, any potential problems that may come up during the case.
What should I bring to a divorce consultation?
Most attorneys will not provide you with direct legal advice during this initial consultation due to a lack of information from the client. However, if you prepare the correct information to bring to the meeting you can have a much more effective consultation and your attorney can fully inform you of rights you might not have known you had and be able to give you a more clear picture of how, based on their experience, your case will play out. Below is a list of facts and documents you should bring to your first meeting with a divorce lawyer.
Schedule of Assets and Debts
Texas is a community property state meaning that any assets that were accumulated during a marriage are considered marital property that is divided equally upon divorce. There are certain situations where this is not the case so a complete inventory of your assets and the dates they were acquired will be extremely helpful for your attorney.
Income and Expense Declaration
Similar to the disclosure of assets and debts above. When filing these declarations we also must include pay stubs and supporting documentation for the person filing.
It's important to remember that, in court, it only matters what you can prove. The judge is going to rely on documentation over words and emotion every time. If you and your spouse filed jointly, bring that return. If not, try to get a copy of your spouses return. One year back is great, two years back is better.
Self Employment Documents - if applicable
If you or your spouse are self employed these documents are just as important as pay stubs or tax returns. Include balance sheets, inventory lists, profit and loss statements and your Schedule A tax return.
Information About Your Spouse
Your divorce case is just as much about your spouse as it is you. Any relevant information you have about their place of employment, pay stubs, facts about their personality like a history of mental illness or abuse, will impact your case.
Any Documents Already Filed in Your Case
If ANY documents have been filed with the court already you must bring these or, if you don't have them, you must at least inform your attorney that they exist.
Relevant Documents and Evidence
This is a broad category of anything that will be relevant to the divorce and what your attorney will be looking for to determine if there is "fault". This includes any evidence of abuse, infidelity, financial infidelity in the form of photographs, text messages, Facebook or Instagram posts, other social media, emails, or credit card statements.
Your List of Questions
This is an emotional time for just about everybody. It's easy to forget the questions you had. In the time leading up to your meeting write down any questions that come to your mind on a piece of paper or save them as a note on your phone. You only get one free consultation, make the best of it and get the information you need.
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