A divorce can be one of the most difficult processes in one’s life. Although many elements of a divorce are business-related, separating after a marriage is a deeply personal experience. Choosing an experienced Austin, Texas divorce attorney is one of the most important decisions you will make in the process. Your attorney will assist you throughout the divorce, so it is important to choose someone you feel confident in working with.
When you prepare for your first meeting with your divorce attorney, keep the following things in mind:
- Prepare emotionally. Because a divorce involves some of the most deeply personal relationships you have, you will have to discuss certain personal matters with your attorney. These discussions may bring up feelings of frustration, anger, resentment, or betrayal. Prepare to face these emotions honestly when you speak to your attorney.
- List your goals. Ask yourself: what is your ideal outcome in the divorce? Then, ask yourself: what outcome is in your best interests and the best interests of your children? The more honest you are about your goals and needs, the more effectively you and your attorney can ensure you get what you need and want.
- Collect financial information. Gather all the income-related paperwork you can: bank statements, pay stubs, tax returns, mortgages, leases, and investment paperwork. Your income and your spouse’s income, as well as your assets and debts, will become the focus of many divorce-related discussions.
- Organize your paperwork. Keep all your divorce paperwork in one folder, and bring it with you to every meeting with your attorney. If you have a prenuptial agreement, divorce summons, or a personal protection order, bring copies of these as well.
If you are considering a divorce but don’t know what step to take next, get in touch with an Austin divorce attorney at Peek & Toland, LLP by calling (512) 474-4445. A no-cost consultation with our legal team can help you make the right decision for your case.