Questions to Ask Your Divorce Attorney

Approaching the divorce process can be emotional, intimidating, and anxiety-inducing all at the same time. To help calm some of your feelings of unease, it can be helpful to ask your divorce attorneys questions about the process. The more you know about what you are in store for, the more you can prepare yourself. Here, we have gathered some of those central questions you should ask your divorce attorney.

What should I ask my divorce attorney?

At your initial consultation with your divorce attorney or as soon as possible thereafter, you should be prepared to get the answers to several important questions. These questions should get you the information you need to help prepare yourself for the road ahead. With the information you gather from these questions, you should also be able to do your part to help the process go as smoothly as possible.

For instance, you should ask your divorce attorney what he or she will need from you. When you first meet with the attorney, you may find it difficult to know how to begin sharing your story. Instead, let the lawyer take the lead in guiding you through which points of the story you should begin with and what other relevant details are needed. Letting the lawyer guide you through the process of telling the story that led you to his or her office will allow the attorney to gather the information needed to assist him or her in evaluating your case.

You should also ask your attorney what the divorce process is going to be like and what it is going to involve. All divorces will have their own unique difficulties. Each process may look slightly different, however, most will follow a similar standard structure. For instance, all divorces will begin by notifying and serving the other party of the proceedings being initiated. There will likely be temporary orders needed to address things like child custody and support while the divorce is pending. 

Not only can divorce be expensive, but post-divorce life can seem like an uphill financial battle as you get your feet back on the ground going from a double income household to a single-income household. This is one of the reasons why you need to be upfront in asking your attorney how expensive the divorce is projected to be. The cost will hinge on several factors including the complexity of your case and whether there are children involved, as well as whether the divorce is contentious or amicable and how well you and your soon-to-be former spouse can cooperate during the process.

You should also ask your attorney about who else will be involved in the case. Most of the time, attorneys will have support staff such as legal assistants and paralegals to help process cases. Divorce involves some personal issues and you will want to be comfortable knowing who will be involved in your case at any level. You will also want to be clear as to who you will be communicating with and who is your point of contact.

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About the Author
Andrew Nickolaou, Esq., B.C.S., is a founding partner at Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A. He practices almost exclusively in divorce, marital and family law. Andrew and his partner, Ophelia Bernal-Mora, Esq., B.C.S., joined forces in March 2016 to form the unique and boutique husband and wife family law team at Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A. Together, Andrew and Ophelia take a practical and team-based approach to all of their cases and clients to deliver the highest quality experience and representation.
Andrew Nickolaou

Andrew Nickolaou, Esq., B.C.S., is a founding partner at Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A. He practices almost exclusively in divorce, marital and family law. Andrew also handles record expungements and sealings. If you have questions about this article, contact Andrew today by clicking here.