Divorce lawyer meeting

How to Prepare for a Meeting with Your Lawyer or Divorce Coach

You’ve decided to take the next step toward divorce and scheduled a meeting with a lawyer or legal coach. Maybe you’re wondering what to do ahead of your meeting. Performing a bit of research can clarify your understanding of the divorce process and help you know what to expect.

Read about the divorce process

There are a plethora of books, blogs, and articles to help you familiarize yourself with the divorce process. One worth checking out is Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life by Abigail Trafford. It’s a wonderfully insightful how-to about navigating divorce.

List your questions and goals

Gather a list of questions and topics you would like to know more about. Your lawyer or divorce coach will likely provide you with answers and information that pertain to you personally, alleviating some of your anxiety.

In addition to your questions, share your goals for the case and what your ideal outcome would be. This gives your lawyer or divorce coach a clear idea of what you hope to accomplish. If your goals and ideal outcomes are unrealistic, the lawyer can rein them and help you set more realistic goals and expectations.

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Get organized

Personal organization is especially helpful if you have already started the divorce process and filed the initial paperwork or plan to transfer your case from another firm.

You will be given lots of documents and forms. Create a folder, binder, or large envelope to help you keep them all organized in one place.

In this folder, store any and all documents that you have been served or have served on anyone. Bring these documents to your first meeting. This will help your lawyer to know where to start and what needs to be done next.

Bring an open mind and patience

The goal is always to walk away with everything you want. Often in divorce, however, compromises must be made. Open yourself to the fact you may not love every outcome and or aspect of this process. Embrace the knowledge that you may need to compromise or adjust.

We also recommend that you remain open to any recommendations that your lawyer or divorce coach suggests. At the end of the day, they have your best interest at heart.

Divorce can be stressful and emotionally difficult, but your lawyer will be there to reduce your stress and make it as painless as possible. Have patience with your lawyer, the process, and yourself—it’ll benefit you emotionally in the end. As the adage says, patience is a virtue, and no one deserves your patience more than you do!

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