Retaining a divorce attorney is a critical component of a successful divorce case. However, while the role of your experienced California divorce attorney is to represent your interests throughout your divorce proceedings, you still must take some measures to ensure that your attorney has all the information necessary to represent you properly. As a result, when you are scheduled to meet with your divorce attorney, you can take some simple steps to prepare yourself for that meeting and provide your lawyer with information crucial to your divorce case.
When you fully participate in your case preparation, a divorce lawyer from Evans Kingsbury, LLP, can focus on protecting your interests and advocating on your behalf. Contact our offices today at (707) 596-6090 and learn more about the implications of precedent for your civil case.
Gather Documentation of Your Income and Assets
As part of your divorce proceedings, you must complete standardized forms, including the Schedule of Assets and Debts, Income and Expense Declaration, and Declaration of Disclosure. These forms require you to provide detailed information about your income, expenses, and assets. For example, you must provide information about your employer, including your employer’s name and job title, and documentation of your income from employment in the form of your last two months of paycheck stubs.
Likewise, you must document other forms of income you receive and any regular expenses you have, such as by including the most recent statement for each debt or loan. You also will need copies of your most recent state and federal income tax returns, so you should request copies from your accountant if you do not have copies on hand. Finally, you must provide documentation of any significant assets that you own, such as vehicles. Again, you can provide substantial assistance to your lawyer by having this information organized and available at the outset of your divorce proceedings.
Compile Information About Your Spouse
Just as your divorce attorney needs information about you, your attorney also needs information about your spouse. You should be prepared to provide detailed information and documentation, if possible, about your spouse’s background, education, place of employment, salary, and benefits.
Consider Your Goals for Your Divorce
Take some time and consider what issues are most important to you in your divorce and what your best possible outcome might look like. For example, if you share children with your spouse, what are your children’s optimal custody and visitation arrangements? What sort of financial settlement would be ideal for your family? How do you propose handling the marital residence? These are just a few major issues you should consider in preparing for a meeting with your divorce lawyer. If you are unsure of your goals or your available options concerning some of these issues, you may need to ask your attorney to describe the options available to you.
Prepare a List of Questions to Ask Your Lawyer
As you face divorce proceedings, you will likely have many questions about your rights and what you can expect. Instead of emailing or calling your lawyer every time you have a question, you can be more efficient by keeping a running list of questions you have for your lawyer. Then, as you prepare for your meeting, you can review those questions to determine if you have already received answers to those questions. Maintaining a list of questions also ensures that you do not forget to ask important questions of your lawyer during your meeting.
Call a Divorce Attorney at Evans Kingsbury LLP Today
Dissolutions and family law cases are among the most challenging, emotional, and time-consuming cases you can go through. The assistance of an experienced California family attorney can be crucial to a positive outcome in your case. Contact Evans Kingsbury LLP today by calling (707) 596-6090 or visiting us online, and learn more about how we can assist you with your family law case.